As winter approaches, heating bills tend to reach astronomical proportions. So, I’d like to share some tips to help you keep those bills under control.
1. Locate the cold spots.
We all have this cold room in our house or that annoying cold room in the living room that makes us shiver when we turn off the heat. Start going to your house and check for drafts around windows, doors, ceilings, and wall cracks. In very cold parts of the home, there may be more than one contributing cause.
2. Define the problem.
Radiator leak? Cracks around the window? Old insulation in the attic that disintegrated? Take your time and examine the causes of heat loss. Most of the time, it will be something that you can fix on your own, without the cost of hiring a general contractor. In some cases where heat loss is severe, such as perforations in the ceiling or wall cladding, or at home, it is better to hire a reputable contractor to fix these problems.
For windows, use a silicone sealant or sealant to close the windows. If it is a new window, check to see if it is properly isolated. With external doors, you can use the so-called door wiping, it is easy to install on the bottom of the door, and you can also install weather resistance on the perimeter of doors and windows. If the door is cracked, then it’s time to replace it. Cracks can be glued to the ceiling and wall with a joint compound and tape; Make sure to sand it before painting. If possible, check the insulation condition on the walls and ceilings, especially in the attic. If it deteriorates, it must be replaced; The purpose of the insulation is to prevent the heat from coming out by covering the roof in the winter. If you have cool floors on the second floor of your house, this could be an indication of rotten waste. Check gutters, scroll and roof tiles to see if this is the case. Check the radiators and / or plate heating system. Is there a defective valve? A hissing sound usually means there is a leak somewhere, and it must be fixed. Take appropriate action.
4. External inspection.
In the fall, ask the professional home inspector to go out and check the condition of your home, especially the ceiling, exterior walls, gutters, and ceiling areas. Creatures, such as raccoons and squirrels, are known to chew holes in the fascia to make their nests, and this leads to great heat loss for your home during the winter months. Follow the inspector’s recommendations, and if you have errors, get a professional pest service to remove them humanely. Then you can repair the damage you caused.