It’s Time to Weatherize for All Seasons
Do you want to lower your energy consumption and utility bills while also making your home more comfortable to live in regardless of the season? Then it’s time to weatherize your home. Doing so provides year-round benefits: from cooling your house and improving its ventilation during the summer up to keep it warm and cozy during the winter.
Many homeowners look forward to the end of summer as a time to use the last warm days for outdoor chores they don’t want to perform once chilly weather sets in. Some of these improvements have year-round benefits – they help cool your house in summer and warm it in winter. By doing both, homeowners have an easier time making the transition between seasons.
Placing solar film on the outside of single-paned windows creates the effect of double-paned windows and cuts down the amount of heat from sunlight that’s absorbed into your home. That’s a great help in keeping your home cool in summer but can also block ultraviolet ray heat from warming your home during cold months.
However, year-round solar film products act as insulation against the cold, so there’s still heating savings 24 hours a day. If you’re looking for another way to insulate your windows year-round, invest in cellular shades. They trap heat in the honeycomb construction so that it doesn’t penetrate your cool home in summer, and also act as another insulator against the cold.
In this article, we are going to share with you three tried-and-tested ways to do just that. Here they are:
Plug Small Leaks
The first thing that you can do in order to weatherize your home is to fix the small cracks and holes that allow your precious warmth or cool air to seep out of your home. You can use a caulk gun to fill them in and get the job done in 15 minutes or less. To weatherize windows, you can get a weatherstripping kit that proves efficient in movable joints, including the ones you’ll find in your doors.
Install Plastic Window Treatments and Consider Storm Doors or Windows
Speaking of windows and doors, you can also consider DIYing your own window’s treatments, or, if you have the extra budget for it, you can have them replaced entirely with storm doors and windows. We understand that it can be quite an investment upfront (the average cost o a double-paned window is $500 each), but think about how much you’ll be able to save from your utility bills in the long run.
Insulate Your Pipes
Finally, aside from blasting your heater or air conditioner during extreme temperatures, another way to rack up your electricity bill is by failing to care for your water pipes. Just imagine how much effort and energy it takes to heat up freezing water!
Hence, insulating your pipes is also a good way to weatherize your home. One can be focused on home insulation in general that it can be easy to neglect the smaller elements within that are also in need of insulation. What’s worse is that leaving your pipes not properly insulated can cause your pipes to burst which can lead to an even greater expense.
Fan-driven cooling and heating
Using electric fans to circulate air, with or without air conditioning, is an energy-efficient way to cool off your home. Window fans are especially effective because they have the ability to pull out hot air from the house and send it outdoors. By switching the direction from exhaust to intake, cool air from outside will be drawn into the house. When the weather turns chilly, a fan-forced space heater with automatic airflow can provide quick and consistent warmth in your room.
Another home improvement that will affect your utility bills throughout the year is the installation of a programmable thermostat to help keep the temperature in your home at a comfortable, consistent and efficient level. During summer, the thermostat can be pre-set 10 to 15 degrees higher than your winter setting so that air conditioning won’t turn on when you’re at work all day.
In winter, the thermostat should be set lower for times when you’re out of the home. The device can be pre-set at specific times to go on and heat the house to a higher temperature when family members arrive home.
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