Methods to Insulate a Cold New Home after a Wintertime Move to Dallas

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

insulating after movingMoving to Dallas in the winter is a one of a kind experience in case this is your first time, you will want to prepare yourself for at least a few cold-weather surprises. Along with the common obstacles of making sure you've got a clear driveway and sidewalks and turning the furnace up ahead of when the moving truck shows up, you may additionally learn that your new residence is less thermally insulated compared to the place you have moved from.

Insulation is one thing that's extremely difficult to assess when choosing and moving to a new home in Dallas, whether you are renting or buying. The images online simply won't show you just how warm the spaces are, and open houses are generally organized to ensure the house is already warm when prospective new residents come in. You may not discover until your first couple of nights in the new home that this place possesses frigid breezes, abnormally cold flooring, or possibly does not hold on to warmth the way you anticipate.

On the plus side, this is a predicament homeowners and renters have actually been experiencing for hundreds of years and there are quite a few simple remedies for a residence that is frequently nippy in the wintertime. Today, we are here to help by detailing the simplest tips on how to protect your residence, increase the efficiency of your furnace, and have a comfy winter after moving into your new home in Dallas.

Thick Thermal Window Treatments

Windows are the leading cause of cold drafts in the home. New double-paned storm windows are ideal for keeping the frigid weather out and also the heat in, but anything else can result in the windows to become an unpleasant avenue for cold air to enter your residence. Single-pane windows basically transfer the cold air directly, and the area around them will undoubtedly be noticeably colder. Older double-paned home windows may let cold air to leak through because the insulating seal has deteriorated.

The answer? Halt that cold with thick thermal curtains. Heavy curtains of virtually any kind of style can help but expressly, thermal drapes are made to avert chilly air in its tracks and keep it from getting away from the chilly window panes. The best choice is either curtains which fit neatly inside the window frame or drapes which go all the way to the flooring.

Rugs and Bath Rugs

Hard floors are an additional source of cold in a new home and are especially obvious when you are still setting up your furnishings. Natural stone, concrete, as well as tile floors permits cold air to shift through them coming from the freezing soil below, setting up a undeniably cooling feeling below bare and sock-covered toes. Hardwood floors are a tad better for insulation, although nippy drafts underneath the doors may still sweep through the house resulting in cold toes throughout.

The response to frosty floor coverings and floor-level drafts is area rugs. Specifically for rooms floored with tile and stone, a rug will add a cozy coating of insulation which will hinder cold air from ascending from the floor and keep your feet warm when you stroll around the area. Cozy bath mats offer the same function in bathrooms and you can make use of utility rugs that happen to be easy to clean for chilled kitchen floors and also out of doors porches.

Draft Stoppers

Frigid breezes under doors can be a problem no matter what type of floor coverings you have if the doors are high enough off the floor. This could be especially problematic if breezes move between your front hall where cold gets in to the remaining portion of the residence. The solution to door drafts can be as simple as long sock-shaped pieces known as draft stoppers. It is possible to make your own with a bit of DIY sewing and a collection of old stockings, or it is possible to purchase them at a store for a very minimal charge. These basically produce a plushy buffer below the door which swings effortlessly with the door however prevents freezing drafts from blowing through the house.

Open Each of the Vents

If one or two rooms are especially chilly and you are unable to figure out why, glance at the air vents. There's a possibility that the previous homeowner might have closed specific vents in the home, blocking heat from entering into these spaces. Ensure all your vents in the home are open to deliver even warmth or, should there be an area you don't utilize, close that vent and use a draft stopper to save a little bit of HVAC money on heating that space.

Space Heaters

Lastly, certain homes simply have an uneven heating profile. If 1 or 2 spaces simply don't get adequately warm during the night or in the day, consider careful usage of a space heater. Space heaters are great and frequently very strong little devices that can heat a given room area. They can ensure your youngsters do not shiver at night, combat nippy window drafts, or they can be utilized to basically increase the temperature of your abode by placing them in primary areas and doorways. It is important to never leave a space heater on when you leave the house or unattended overnight without having an auto thermostat/timed shutoff feature and be sure to go by all manufacturer recommendations for safe use.


In some cases, after moving to a new home in Dallas, you will find that it is less warm than expected. Fortunately, by using these simple solutions you can quickly improve the insulation and draft resistance of your abode and enjoy a comfy winter in your new place in Dallas.


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