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5 Practical Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

September 09, 2015

5 Practical Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Although it is easy to say "I want my home to be cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter", any Montreal General Contractor will tell you that there's more to it than simply applying a bit of sticky insulation or plastic to your windows. In order to see lower costs on your heating bill or to feel a drastic difference when bitter winter come whipping through, permanent solutions are required.

Having a well-insulated home is a must. Having an old home re-insulated by a professional is certain to keep you cozy while saving you a lot of money in the long run. But how about the smaller stuff? While there are a ton of do-it-yourself ways to temporarily help your home lose heat, here are some of the most common types of insulation blunders that you can easily remedy to prepare for the winter months:

Close-up Unused Rooms

If you aren't using a room, close the vents and doors, putting a solid rug or draft socks to keep air flowing where people are using it. Simply closing up rooms and blocking off airflow can save a bundle on energy, because you aren't heating as many square feet as before.

Cover Hardwood and Tile Floors

Your floors account for between 10-20 percent of total heat loss. It's about time that you covered them up! If your floors aren't insulated or are not well insulated, add rugs and blankets to cover the chilly spots. Filling cracked or decimated floorboards with fillers that tolerate movement (typically made from silicone) is also a solution to enable cold air to seep through your floor boards.

Evaluate your Windows

Most do-it-yourself websites advise users to cover windows with plastic using a hair dryer, but anyone who has actually followed through with this process understands that temperature transfers through these thin surfaces, accomplishing nothing. Heat that escapes from old or damaged windows and doors can cost you up to 25 percent of your total heating bill. If cost is an issue, hire a home contractor to change 2 or 3 windows at a time.

Opt for Blown-in Insulation to Avoid Invasive Home Repairs

If you don't want to take down any existing sheet rock or plaster, cellulose insulation can be blow into your walls, adding a significant R value to your space.

Insulate your Pipes and Maintain your Heater, Boiler or HVAC

Performing maintenance now, saves you from the bitter cold later. Don’t let your pipes freeze up, your water heater constantly turn on and off (which can cost a fortune), or your heater to kick the bucket; spend a few dollars and have your pipes insulated, your water heater updated and your filters changed on your heating system. Maintenance services are especially backed up in peak months (mid-summer and winter), so it's best to be safe rather than sorry and plan ahead. A little glance from a professional could save you many dollars.

Effectively insulating your home doesn't have to be a headache. The professionals at Dilamco know exactly what you need to effectively insulate your home and save you a fortune on your bills and future payments. They offer reliable services the way you need them, when you need them. Give them a call today and spend this winter feeling toasty and worry-free!



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