Winter may already be upon us, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t fight the cold. Most homes lack the heating required to continuously provide a comfortable living temperature, on their own. So, you have to build changes into your home work around this. To help you choose the changes you make, this post will go through some of your warmest improvement options.
As you know from school; heat rises. This means that the heat your heating system generates goes up and out of the roof. And, of course, roofs are barely able to keep heat in. So, they need a bit of help. If you have access to your attic, and there isn’t insulation in place, you’ve got an easy job on your hands. You can pick up cheap rolls of fiberglass insulation from most DIY stores. All you have to do is roll it out into the attic, between the beams. Once it’s installed, the insulation will act like a blanket around your house. Keeping heat in, and making the whole home warmer. Be careful with fiberglass, though. It should always be handled with gloves, a mask, and goggles. Otherwise, it could cause irritations.
The next step in your warm home journey takes place at the walls. This is another area, like the roof, that can lose a lot of heat. So, it’s worth insulating it properly. Most houses are built with a gap between the outer and inner layers of wall. This helps you protect against moisture, and also leaves a place for insulation. Unfortunately, to save money, a lot of builders leave this area insulation free, and you have to do it yourself. This isn’t a job that’s easily DIY’d, though. It involves pumping liquid foam into the walls and waiting for it to set. But, you need a specialist machine to be able to do it. So, it’s best to hire a professional to do this job for you. Or, you can rent the machine, and try to do it yourself.
The next area that you attack should be the windows. Windows are usually designed with gas inside them so that they hold in heat. But, over time, this gas depletes and becomes useless. Once this happens, you need to replace your windows. Thankfully, nowadays, window replacement is a quick and easy task. Of course, you will need a professional to do it for you. But, it won’t take very long. New windows can improve the amount of heat that your house holds dramatically. It’s easy to assume that it wouldn’t make a different, but it really will. Always make sure that you choose windows rated for cold weather. Some windows will even help to keep the heat out during summer.
Hopefully, this will inspire you to make a difference to your home this winter. It’s easy to get caught in the trap of a cold home. But, you don’t have to live with it. All of these methods will end up saving money on your heating bill, as well as making your home more comfortable.