Cold Weather Survival Guide
When January rolls around so do the cold temperatures. When that happens, the choice for many old New England homes becomes between paying exorbitant heating bills or shivering in the cold and drafty home. If you properly insulate your home, you can experience warmth during a frigid winter that won’t break you bank. Below we have some tips for keeping your home warm, and cost efficient.
Tip #1: Air Sealing is Key
Whether it is hot, or cold outside, air sealing can impact the climate in your home dramatically. By sealing up your windows, and any doors that you don’t use, you can decrease your bills by keeping the unwanted air outside, all the while saving energy inside.
Make sure to insulate:
Doors & Windows
Electrical & Plumbing Penetrations
Tip #2: Keep Your Roof Cold
We all love homes beautifully covered by fresh snowfall, but none of us love it when ice dams develop, or the wear and tear that the cold weather brings upon a roof. Even if it isn’t warm enough outside to melt the snow on the roof, if your attic isn’t properly insulated your roof will begin forming ice dams from the escaping heat. So not only is it important to insulate your attic (as you can lose as much as 50%) to keep warm air in your home, but also to protect your roof from the damage that melting snow can cause.
In the New England EnergyStar recommends insulating your attic to somewhere between R49-60. That’s a ton of insulation, but you need it in these cold climates.
Tip #3: Crawlspaces are Cold Spaces
Have you ever stepped foot on your floor on a cold February morning and jumped back into bed due to how cold the floor is? If you’ve ever experienced that, it’s possible that the space under your home is seeping a lot of cold air into your home. There is no crawlspace too difficult for our expert technicians to fit into, or handle.
Tip #4: Walls, Walls, Walls
To keep your home properly warm you need to insulate the entire exterior of your home in order to create a defensive barrier against the outside forces. Once your roof is kept cold, and your floors are warmer, you need to make sure to insulate your walls to finish the barrier. Not only will insulating your walls help you have a warmer home, but it can keep pests, such as mice and rats, away, keep moisture and mold out, and even soundproof your home.