Have The Warm Temperature Inside And The Cool Out This Winter Weather: Methods For A Cozy Home
The winter months this year promises to be strong through much of the U.S. The Farmers’ Almanac predicts types of conditions will probably be “bitter cold,” “unseasonably cold,” “very chilly” and also “frigid” for states east of the Mississippi River. In short, brrrrrr!
The fall months is the ideal time to ensure that your home remains warm and cozy, in preparation for when the bitter blasts of Jan and February come pounding. By using effortless Do-it-yourself insulation projects, you can preserve the heat inside and the chilly temperature outside this winter season, while also saving on your heating expenses.
- Check the underground room
One of the first areas to be sure for proper insulation is the basement.
“Up to 25 % of a home’s heat loss is thru the downstairs room,” says Tom Savoy, technical director for Insulfoam
Numerous homes within the U.S. were developed with fiberglass batts in between wood wall studs
, which is notoriously leaky, supplying a bridge for heat to pass through the wall, says Savoy. This kind of insulation may also trap humidity in the walls, causing a musty basement smell.
“Even if you cannot spend time in the underground room, it’s important to protect it right to help to take care of the heating throughout the rest of your home,” says Savoy.
An easy remedy is adding a layer of nonstop insulation to the home’s underground room walls using firm foam boards, including expanded polystyrene (EPS).
Available in home improvement stores, EPS insulation effortless to cut and deploy by making use of typical tools at your house. Not like many other insulations, stiff foam boards are thin and easy to handle, with no messy fibers to clean-up.
“EPS is a professional grade insulation that even DIYers can deploy,” says Savoy.
To get started protecting your basement, you will first need to figure out how much insulation you have to, based on its “R-value.” R-value is the measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat flow, with higher numbers indicating better performance. A quick call to your town or district building department will let you know what R-value is appropriate, and if you’ll need to take everything else into consideration with your insulation project.
Additionally to protecting the downstairs room, another leaky area to check is attic hatches. As heat rises, these hatches often have gaps around them, letting the warm air to leave. Properly sealing them with weather stripping and adding a layer of firm foam to the hatch will help preserve heat in your living area.
To be able to get ready for the coming shivery weather, the Farmers’ Almanac suggests stocking up on “sweaters, long johns, and plenty of firewood.” A part of your preparation should also include an easy weekend or two of adding insulation to your home.
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