6 Tips to Stay Warm in Your New Home

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

In the event you moved to your new home in El Paso during the summer time, this is your first-time spending the winter season there. It is best that you should identify ways that may help keep your house toasty and also at the same time help you save money. As a professional moving company in El Paso, we've helped lots of people move into all sorts of homes. Therefore, we've compiled some pointers which will not only make sure that your home is energy efficient but can also allow you to stay nice and cozy throughout the winter time.
 

1. REPAIRING DRAFTY AND LEAKY WINDOWS

Windows can be the main cause of heat loss and drafts particularly for older houses. In the event that storm windows are on hand, make sure that they are well installed and they can completely close without having difficulty. Utilize silicone caulk to seal crevices and spaces. Get rid of air conditioning units in the windows as the vents on the AC will permit cold air into your residence. Through the use of weather stripping to the wooden windows, you'll help seal off the gaps that happen to be in between the sill and the bottom part of the window frame.

Old 1-pane home windows could be creating reduction of warmth from your home. Even so, plastic sheets or window shades may help reduce heat loss. You need to be sure that the sheeting is air tight and lower shades at night to maintain heated air inside the house. It is also fundamental that you open the window treatments during the day to benefit from the passive warmth from the sun.

2. REPAIR DRAFTY DOORS

It will be important for you to make sure that all your entrance doors shut completely and that there isn't any disparity between the frame and the door. You can determine if there are drafts by just moving a lit candle around the doorway frame to ascertain if it flickers. When it flickers, this is a distinct sign that you have drafts. You'll be able to fix the drafts using silicone caulk or weather stripping.

3. ADDING INSULATION IN THE ATTIC

By just insulating attics, you will lower the amount of heat lost from the roof. This could ensure that you always feel warm and comfy. Even 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 ensure your residence is always energy efficient by keeping the bills low. Once you put in a programmable thermostat, you don't need to physically set the temperature you find ideal any time you go out and once you get home. The thermostat adapts your house's temperature instantly thus supplying optimum comfort if the residence is occupied. You can also set the thermostat in order to decrease your house's temperature when no one is at home.

5. INSULATE OUTLETS

It's easy for someone to ignore electric outlets and light switches if they're weatherproofing their new residence. Outlets are simply holes in the walls and so they might be a reason for heat loss from your home or cool drafts, which explains why you have to look at them. Hence, you need to ensure that they've been insulated. Insulation kits used on electrical outlets and light switches are pre-cut foam insulators which may be mounted behind the wall or switch plates. It's also possible to elect to trim your own insulator foam but ensure that the foam is fire resistant to avoid electrical fires.

6. USE A WATER HEATER BLANKET

A water heater blanket is actually a blanket installed around your water heater to help prevent heat loss thus assisting you to spend less on the energy bills. In addition, it helps to ensure that the water heater maintains a consistent temperature.

If you are looking for further resources on what to do once you move to a new residence, get a hold of A-1 Freeman Moving Group, your local moving company in El Paso.

 

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