Sure, it’s December and temperatures have been resting close to 70 for the past week; however, it’s safe to say that we will eventually experience weather that tentatively resembles winter, so it’s probably a good idea to be prepared.
While no one likes the chill that comes from drafty doors and windows, securing your home against winter is about more than discomfort. Plain and simple, as warm air leaves your house, money leaves your wallet, so taking steps to keep the cold air out will go a long way towards protecting your investment.
While most people groan at the idea of home maintenance tasks—due to the effort and money that’s often required—most DIY winterization projects involve very little.
CAULK: As the go-to for keeping “bought air” in, your basic caulk gun and tubes of caulk shouldn’t cost much more than $50 and will help fill in all those gaps in your siding, windows, and door. When sealing drafty windows and door; however, don’t forget to take care of spaces on the inside, as well as the outside.
PLASTIC FILM WINDOW INSULATING KIT: While this may not be the most beautiful fix, covering your windows will go a long way towards saving on your heating bill while still allowing light into your home. Most kits only cost about $20, but if you’re really feeling industrious, bubble wrap also does a great job!
WEATHER STRIPPING: As its name suggests, weather stripping is great at keeping weather out. Take some time to examine your windows and make a point to replace old weather stripping that is cracked or pulling away from the frame. A 17-foot roll should only cost about $5.
FURNACE FILTER: Making a point to replace your furnace filter on a regular basis will go a long way towards maintaining your home’s heating efficiency. Clogged filters will not only reduce your furnace’s ability to heat your home, but may negatively impact its overall lifespan. Most filters only cost about $10-20.
DOOR THRESHOLD/SWEEP STRIP: While you can buy these in store, it’s also possible to make them out of old towels, blankets, or even pillow cases filled with sand or kitty litter. Again, while they may not be the most pleasing things to look at, they help fill air leaks beneath doors.
For additional advice, especially if you have a bit more room in your budget, feel free to contact me.
Mirko Attolini | CRES Builders Corp. | www.CRESBuilders.com | 770-983-4698