Thursday, December 27, 2012

Quick Facts: Winter insulation tips for the home

There are many cost effective ways to help insulate your home in the winter.


You can insulate windows by using Window Insulation Film. The easiest way to do it is to just buy a window insulation kit which you can buy from a hardware store. The kits usually include plastic shrink film that is applied to the indoor window frame with double-stick tape, then heated with a hair dryer to shrink the film and remove any wrinkles. You can also use heavy fabrics or layered curtains over the windows to keep out drafts, but that will also block out the sunlight.


Another good option is to utilize draft snakes. Draft snakes are fabric tubes placed on a window sill or under a door to prevent cold air from creeping in. You can make one by sewing a tube of fabric to fit the width of your window or door and filling it with dried rice. Or even easier you can also try placing dry, thick towels at the bottom of the window or door in place of a draft snake.

 
 If you have a fireplace and chimney in your house, make sure that the damper is closed when not in use. This will keep warm air from escaping as well as keep cold air drafts from coming in. If your damper is not effective, use a draft-stopper specifically designed for chimneys, which inflates to stop all the air leaks when your fireplace is not in use.



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  2. You have added here very useful winter insulation tips for homes; it's the perfect time for installing extra insulation in homes. I want to say thanks for sharing this great informative post.

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  3. Where I live in Calgary insulation is always a huge issue starting in the fall and carrying on into spring, and it doesn't help that I can't abide the cold. These tips I can already tell are going to be really handy, thanks for sharing. At least now I have all spring and summer to get ready!

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    1. I hear you! My husband and I rent a house which is pretty old and not well insulated so that was my inspiration for this post.

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