6 Tips to Stay Warm in Your New Home

Moving in the winterBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

If you moved to your new house in Dallas over the summer time, this is the first-time spending the winter months there. It is recommended for you to identify options that may help keep your house cozy as well as at the same time help you save money. As a professional moving company in Dallas, we've helped a lot of people move into all kinds of houses. Therefore, we have compiled some tips that will not only make certain that your house is energy efficient but can also allow you to stay warm and comfortable over the winter time.
 

1. REPAIRING DRAFTY AND LEAKY WINDOWS

Windows can be the primary source of heat loss and drafts particularly for vintage homes. If storm windows are on hand, ensure that they are well mounted and they can completely shut without having issues. Utilize silicone caulk to seal off splits and spaces. Clear away air conditioning units on the windows since the vents on the AC can allow frigid air in your house. Through the use of weather stripping to the wooden windows, you can help seal off the gaps that are between the sill and the bottom of the window frame.

Old 1-pane home windows could possibly be causing reduction of heat out of your home. Yet, plastic sheets or shades can help minimize heat loss. You need to make sure that the sheeting is air tight and bring down shades at night to maintain heated air inside your home. It's also necessary that you open the shades during the day to benefit from the passive solar energy.

2. FIX DRAFTY DOORS

It is necessary for you to ensure that all your doors close fully and that there is no gap between the frame and the door. You'll be able to tell if there are drafts by just moving a lit candle around the doorway frame to see if it flickers. If it flickers, this is a distinct indicator that you've got drafts. You can fix the drafts using silicone caulk or weather stripping.

3. ADDING INSULATION TO THE ATTIC

Simply by insulating attics, you'll help in reducing the amount of heat lost through the roof. This could make certain you constantly feel snug and comfy. Though increasing insulation could be a little pricey, it'll have a fantastic return on your investment.

4. INSTALL A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

A thermostat will make sure your home remains energy efficient by keeping the bills low. Once you put in a programmable thermostat, you don't have to personally set the temperature you find ideal each time you go out and when you get back home. The thermostat adjusts your home's temperature automatically thus supplying maximum comfort whenever the house is occupied. You can also set the thermostat to be able to decrease your residence's temperature any time no one is in the home.

5. INSULATE OUTLETS

It's easy for someone to ignore outlets and light switches when they're weatherproofing their new house. Electric outlets are essentially holes in the walls and they can be quite a source of heat loss from your home or cool drafts, which is why you have to check them. Consequently, you ought to make sure that they're insulated. Insulation kits utilized on electric outlets and light switches are pre-cut foam insulators which can be set behind the wall or switch plates. You may also elect to cut your own insulator foam however be sure that the foam is fire retardant to avoid electrical fires.

6. UTILIZE A WATER HEATER BLANKET

A water heater blanket is essentially a blanket put around your water heater to help prevent heat loss thus assisting you to save money on the energy bills. In addition, it ensures that the water heater retains a steady temperature.

If you are looking for additional resources about what to do after you move to a new home, contact A-1 Freeman Moving Group, your local moving company in Dallas.

 

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