Five essential ways to weatherproof your home
Last modified: 2019/02/20 | Approximate reading time 4 mins
Regardless of the season, the temperature outside is almost always going to have an impact on the temperature inside your home. During those warm summer months, we try our best to keep things cool, while in the winter we want our interiors to be a warm and cozy break from the frigid air.
One thing many homeowners may not realize is that a leaky house drastically affects the energy consumption of your HVAC system. If you’ve noticed that your home is still chilly even though you’ve got the heat on full blast, chances are you need to take some measures to winterproof your home. Here are some affordable ways that you can accomplish this!
Five essential ways to weatherproof your home
1- Weatherproofing doors and windows
If you’re feeling a little draft even when your windows and doors are tightly closed, chances are you need to examine this area and take some measures to weatherproof. If you notice any gaps around doors and windows, it is important that you seal them, especially if they are any larger than 1/8th of an inch. This can help to cut your energy costs by up to 15%.
To weatherproof windows, press adhesive-backed closed-cell foam onto the bottom of the sash. Alternatively, secure a loose sash using plastic V-channel weather-stripping, securing it into the groove where the sash usually slides in. Secure and finish this job with some nails. When weatherproofing doors, use foam strips along the sides and around the top. However, at the bottom, install a door sweep.
2- Rain gutter maintenance
Your rain gutters might not seem like an aspect of your home that would affect the temperature indoors, but unfortunately, this would be a misconception. If gutters are sagging in any way or are not pitched at the right angle, they can easily overflow and leak into your basement. Not only can this cause an excess amount of water to make its way into your home, it could lead to foundation or frame issues later. For this reason, climb up onto a ladder (safely) and check out the state of your gutters.
A properly pitched gutter should sit somewhere between 1 1/16 inch and 1/8 inch per foot. To check the pitch of your gutters, hold a level even with the gutter, does it measure up? Another method to check your gutters is to run some water from a hose down them and see towards which direction the water travels. If you find that the water is dripping everywhere, chances are you need to tighten those gutters as soon as possible.
3- Wall repairs
If you’ve noticed cracked or puffed out points in and around the walls of your home, these should be dealt with before the cold weather hits. If you wouldn’t consider yourself a renovation professional, it is recommended that you have these cracks checked out by a contractor. Cracks or blown out walls could point to structural issues, and this is a more serious problem than an unseasonably-high energy bill.
Further, if these issues are occurring on your roof or at an extremely high distance, then have the professionals carry out the repairs. You are welcome to take on smaller cracks by yourself. This can be done easily by removing any loose material surrounding the crack and then filling in the section with an appropriate product. Fixing holes will allow for an airtight home, and won't let water and other substances find their way indoors.
4- Maintain warming and cooling devices
You might not think a ceiling fan will come in handy during cold months, but in fact, changing their rotation to clockwise will push warm air down. Clean off the blades themselves to get rid of the dust they’ve collected. If you haven’t already, remove the A/C units from your windows and make sure that they are cleaned out and well stored.
Regarding your vents, be certain that they have been cleaned off and out before starting your heating system. If possible, pick up an insulating blanket for your water heater. Insulating your water can help to save energy and reduce heat loss through the sides of the heater itself, and this can be between 25-40%. This is an excellent solution to help heat up water quicker while saving money on energy bills.
Now, this might be the last point on the list but we cannot stress the importance of your home’s insulation enough. A home that is properly insulated is the only way to keep your house at the correct temperature throughout the year as well as keeping energy costs down. One area of the home that is commonly forgotten is the attic. The attic of your house needs to be properly protected, so take a walk up and check to see if the tops of joists are noticeable. If so, you may have a problem.
It will be necessary for you to add batt insulation to the insulation that is already installed, placing it perpendicular to the old stuff. Make sure that pieces fit snuggly together and try not to leave any noticeable cracks or spaces, as this is exactly where air will escape.
However, other methods of insulation for more awkward areas or tighter cracks include blown-in cellulose as well as fibreglass. Make sure to consider other areas of your home insulation as well, and improve wherever you can. For tips and tricks for insulating your attic, check out our article on the subject!
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