All year round, you are attempting to make your home more energy efficient. You’ve replaced older appliances with newer and more efficient ones, you are mindful of your water use, and you are smart with your thermostat. However, there still might be an area you are losing money and losing heat. That is because of poor or nonexistent insulation.
Even though we are in the middle of winter, you can still do a lot to keep your energy bills low, and that is through temporary insulation. Perhaps you have already marked it on your calendar to install the right insulation later on this year, but you should not have to concede to the elements.
Doing even the small things can end up saving you hundreds of dollars this winter. Sealing uncontrolled air leaks can give you back 10-20 percent, and weather-stripping double-hung windows can net an extra 5-10 percent.
Start by weatherproofing drafty doors and windows, especially those that let any heat from your home escape. Simple window insulation kits are inexpensive and quick to install. You should already have all the tools necessary for this project, and the hardest part will be the trip to and from the hardware store.
With the windows insulated, you can now add thicker curtains to your windows. Heavier curtains will help contain the heat in your home. However, keep your curtains open in the daytime so you can let the sunlight in, which will add natural heat.
The floor level around doors are other drafty spaces, especially those in older homes or apartment complexes. You can add a door snake the bottom of the door, creating a barrier that keeps cold air out and the warm air in. This is something that you should not need to buy but can use household items to do the job, such as towels.
Another easy tip — keep your feet a little bit warmer by adding a rug to any room with a hardwood floor. As a bonus, it will bring some style to your space.
You shouldn’t put it off until later in the year to insulate your home. Without springing for a major renovation project, temporary insulation can quickly and efficiently keep your house warm and keep your energy bills down.
Unsure where to start? Then you should call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415, and we will answer any questions you have about insulation.