According to the Weather Channel though we may be having some warm temperatures this upcoming week, winter is coming at the end of the week as the jet stream moves south from Canada. This means that you have an extra grace period in order to get your Christmas lights and outdoor decorations up before the before the temperatures drop. What it also means is that it is time to make sure that your home is prepared for winter. A major way to do this is by sealing and adding insulation to your home.
Think of putting an extra blanket on your bed when it is chilly out. Insulating the home is essentially putting a blanket around it. Energy Star states that “Sealing and insulating the “envelope” or “shell” of your home — its outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors — is often the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and comfort” and that homeowners can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs by doing this. Insulation helps to keep warm air inside during the winters as well as cool air inside during the summers making it a year-round practical way to save money and energy.
Sealing and insulating can be done yourselves (it can be bought from places such as Home Depot) but there are certain areas of leakage in your home that may not be as easy to spot such as in crawlspaces or attics. Professional contractors can help to find the biggest areas of leakage in your home and help to seal them. It is important that the home is not too, too airtight because fresh air is necessary. Contractors can also check for this as well (Energy Star).
So before the temperatures get too cold, make sure that your home is wrapped up tight in a blanket of insulation and sealed from winter drafts. If you are interested in learning about sealing and insulation or if you are interested in having it done to your home, please feel free to contact Flame!