How to Insulate Your Home This Winter

How to Insulate Your Home This Winter

How To Insulate Your Home This Winter

Ok, the bad news first. There’s a good chance that you’ll be paying more to keep your home warm this winter than ever before. Earlier this month NPR released a report on the rising costs of winter fuels. According to the latest study conducted by Jeff Brady,

The Energy Information Administration projects gas bills will rise more than 20 percent. Your overall bill will depend on where you live. The agency reports that an entire winter’s worth of natural gas heating for the average home will be $635.

“Temperatures this winter, based on the most recent forecast of heating degree days (from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are expected to be much colder than last winter east of the Rocky Mountains, with the Northeast and Midwest 17 percent colder and the South 18 percent colder. … In the West, temperatures are forecast to be about 2 percent warmer than last winter.”

Insulation: The Key to Combatting Old Man Winter

The good news is, you can take proactive measures to prevent the cold temperatures outside from invading your home interior. Below is a list of areas to focus on.

Walls
There are essentially three components to a wall: 1) The outer layer which is often material like vinyl siding or brick, 2) The inner layer which is drywall or plaster, and 3) The middle section that is filled with wall insulation. These areas should be inspected annually for damaged areas where air or water can leak.

Windows & Doors
The areas around windows and doors are notorious for allowing small drafts in the house. Drafts are created from tiny shifts in the framework over time. The window and doorframes may need to be resealed.

Attic
There are numerous issues that can occur in the attic area. The primary issue is proper ventilation. Air needs to pass through the attic to keep it dry and free from humidity and moisture. If cold air is trapped in the attic, it can keep the entire house cool and which causes your heating system to work hard and become less efficient.

Another central issue is the attic insulation. Regardless of what type of insulation is in your attic, it will become worn out and need to be replaced. A healthy blanket of insulation of your attic will keep drafts and low temperatures out of the home interior.

 

Get Your Home Inspected

home insulation pictureThe best action you can take is to have your home inspected every 2-3 years. A complete home inspection from an experienced professional will reveal all the critical areas that need to be maintained. Professional handyman services such as Zia Building Maintenance have the knowledge necessary to complete a comprehensive evaluation and then give you advice on what you need to do next.

 

Save Money with Preventative Maintenance

Each year, homeowners spend thousands of dollars on major home repairs due to neglect. By taking care of small problems before they become major issues, you can save yourself time and money. If you notice small cracks, holes, or areas around your home where wind or water can leak through, now is the time to have them fixed before they turn into costly repairs.

Smaller problems can be handled by handyman services who charge less for their work while giving you the same results as major contractors. They can secure your home this winter and make it more secure and safe for your family when the temperatures plummet. By sealing your home, you create a warmer environment that allows your HVAC system to operate more efficiently and keep your energy bills lower during the winter season.

 

Call Zia Building Maintenance for any of your home or business handyman needs, including winterization. We are your home and commercial building experts! Call us for maintenanace and repairs (505) 974-1186. We will even give you a free estimate.