6 Tips to Stay Warm in Your New Home

Moving in the winterBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

If you moved to your new residence in Colorado Springs during the summer, this is the first-time spending the winter months there. It is best that you should look for strategies that can help keep your home comfortable and also at the same time save a little money. As a professional moving company in Colorado Springs, we have assisted a lot of people move into all kinds of homes. Consequently, we've compiled some pointers that will not simply ensure that your home is energy efficient but will also allow you to stay warm and comfy during the entire winter time.
 

1. REPAIRING DRAFTY AND LEAKY WINDOWS

Windows are probably the principal cause of heat loss and drafts especially for vintage homes. In the event that storm windows are available, make certain that they are properly mounted and they can fully close without any difficulty. Utilize silicone caulk to seal off crevices and spaces. Get rid of ac units on the windows as the vents on the AC will allow cold air in your house. Through the use of weather stripping to the wooden windows, you'll help seal off the holes that happen to be in between the sill and the bottom of the window frame.

Older 1-pane windows could possibly be leading to loss of heat from your home. Yet, plastic sheets or shades might help reduce heat loss. You should make sure that the sheeting is air tight and lower shades during the night in order to maintain heated air in the home. Additionally it is important for you to open the window treatments during the day to benefit from the passive solar energy.

2. DEAL WITH DRAFTY DOORS

It is necessary for you to ensure that all your doors shut fully and also there is no disparity between the frame and the door. It is possible to determine if there are drafts by moving a lit candle around the doorway frame to see if it flickers. In the event it flickers, that's a clear indicator that you have drafts. You'll be able to repair the drafts applying silicone caulk or weather stripping.

3. ADDING INSULATION TO THE ATTIC

By just insulating attics, you can lower the amount of heat lost from the roof. This could make certain you continually feel warm and comfy. Even though installing insulation could be a little costly, it'll have a great return on your investment.

4. USE A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

A thermostat will assure your house is always energy efficient by keeping the bills low. When you put in a programmable thermostat, you don't need to physically set the temperature you find appropriate any time you leave the house and whenever you get back home. The thermostat changes your home's temperature automatically hence offering utmost coziness if the home is occupied. It's also possible to set the thermostat in order to decrease your home's temperature any time no one is at home.

5. INSULATE OUTLETS

It is easy for someone to ignore electrical outlets and light switches when they're weatherproofing their new home. Outlets are basically holes in the walls and so they could be a cause of heat loss from your home or cold drafts, and that's why you need to check them. Hence, you need to make certain that they are insulated. Insulation kits used on electrical outlets and light switches are pre-cut foam insulators which may be set behind the wall or switch plates. You may also decide to trim your own insulator foam but be sure that the foam is fire resistant to avoid electrical fires.

6. UTILIZE A WATER HEATER BLANKET

A water heater blanket is actually a blanket installed around your water heater to help prevent heat loss consequently helping you save money on the energy bills. It also ensures that the water heater maintains a constant temperature.

If you are looking for additional resources about what to do when you move to a new house, get a hold of A-1 Freeman Moving Group, your local moving company in Colorado Springs.

 

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