06 Jan Saving Cost and Comfort: DIY home insulation tips
When thinking about home heating, Albuquerque residents know that the colder months threaten not just their sense of comfort, but their energy bills, too. When searching for a solution that will solve both problems at once, specialists in heating and cooling services will tell you that the problem always comes down to two major factors: an efficiently-running HVAC system and a well-insulated home. The professionals are equipped to help you with the first problem, but what you might not know is that the challenge of winter time insulation is one that the average homeowner can take on themselves. Try out a few of these tips for yourself and see what a difference they can make!
Clear plastic insulation film can be purchased inexpensively at any hardware store and is one of the best investments you can make during the winter. Because of their large surface area, as much as 25% of heat loss in homes can be negated by properly protecting windows. As long as you install it carefully, it will be virtually undetectable while ensuring the heat stays where you want it, in your home!
Fill gaps around electrical outlets
This is an easy problem to ignore because it is one that most home owners don’t see. In reality, most electrical outlets are not insulated as well as they should be. A tube of latex caulk, a screwdriver, and a spare two hours in your afternoon should be enough to take care of the problem.
Replace old weather stripping
If you can’t remember the last time you replaced the weather stripping around your front and back door, that probably means it is time to replace it! Depending on the type installed in your home, weather stripping should be replaced every couple of years to ensure it is doing the most for your house. This is a quick and inexpensive fix that can save major heating costs.
Don’t forget the chimney
Fireplaces are great when they are in use, but when inactive they serve as just another way for heat to escape your home. Chimney balloons are available on Amazon for as low as $50 and provide an extra bit of insulation that can save up to $100 a year. Sounds like a worthwhile investment to us!
After you’ve done all you can around the house to keep the heat in, make sure the heat is on! Whether it’s a furnace repair or full furnace installation & replacement, Axiom Home Services has the expertly trained technicians you need to get the job done right!