6 Tips For Getting Your House Ready For The Cold Weather

Posted on: 10 August 2015

The best time to fix all of those little drafty areas in your house, so you'll be warmer this winter, is in the summer. The work is much easier in a T-shirt and shorts than bundled up in a parka with a pair of mittens on. Get your supplies together and walk around the whole house. In an afternoon, you'll have the house sealed up and you'll no longer have to deal with drafty rooms.

Supplies You'll Need

  • long flat-blade screwdriver
  • small pry bar
  • hammer
  • finishing nails
  • double-stick carpet tape
  • roll of closed-cell foam insulation
  • container of spray foam insulation
  • weather stripping (optional)

Making the Rounds

Start on the top floor and make your way down to the basement. Look for all of the ways that warm air can escape from your house and seal those areas up.

1. Check the attic access.

If you have an opening into your attic from a hallway or bedroom closet, make sure no air can get around the door or cover. Place a strip of foam insulation around the door and tack it down with the finishing nails or carpet tape so it seals the door when closed.

2. Look for space around the window sills.

Sometimes builders cut out a larger space than what a window needs. It gets covered up with a trim piece so you don't notice it. Gently pry the window trim away from the wall and look for a space. When you find one, take the trim off completely. Pack some closed cell foam into a small space or use the expanding spray foam for a larger gap. Replace the trim when done.

3. Check around all exterior doors for air leaks.

As with the window, the door frames may have gaps around them. Pry away the trim around the frame and fill in any gaps you find with insulation. Also look for gaps around the door when it's closed. Attach or replace weather stripping on the door edges to seal the door against air leaks.

4. Check light switches and electrical outlets.

You can get air coming in around these spaces, especially when they are on an exterior wall. Remove the cover plate and pack a small amount of closed foam insulation around the electrical box. Replace the cover.

5. Look for space around vents leaving the house.

Stove exhaust fans, dryer vents, and bathroom fan vents all have exhaust conduits that exit the house. Look for spaces around these vents and plug up the gaps. You may have to push the closed-foam insulation into the wall around the vent to get a good seal. Or use the spray foam to fill in large areas around the vent.

6. Seal around cables and pipes leaving the house.

Walk around the outside of the house and look for:

  • water pipes
  • gas pipes
  • electrical conduit
  • telephone cables
  • cable TV cables

Spray the foam insulation around these cables and pipes where they exit the wall to stop any leaks there.

Once you've sealed up the air leaks in your house, you'll notice a difference this winter when the wind starts to blow. Save money on your heating bill and be more comfortable in your home by getting rid of these drafts.

To learn more, contact a company like Fortune Insulation Contractors Inc

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