Posted by: Aeroseal Solutions on Sep.01, 2014 | Posted in Comfort | Comments Off on Tips to Winterize your Home

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Even though we’ve been enjoying warmer than seasonal temperatures we should take notice that Winter is right around the corner. This means putting away your BBQ and outdoor patio furniture and of course starting to make preparations for the cold winter months ahead. There are a variety of things to consider when looking at your home and we’ll cover some tips that every homeowner can implement and a few that will require that you call in the professionals.

Window Insulation Film/Insulation Kit

Among the easiest things to do that yield the best results are installing either a window Insulation film or a plastic film kit. The insulation film gets applied directly on top of your windows and will create a thermal barrier to keep warm air inside and prevent cold air from making its way inwards. The plastic film works under a similar premise but gets installed to the inside of your window frame creating a pocket of air in between the window and the film. This also acts as a barrier against the transfer of hot and cold air.

If you are going to this extent we also recommend applying a clear indoor caulking around where the window meets the frame as gaps here will also allow air to penetrate inwards or escape. This type of caulk is removed once spring rolls back around.

Weather-stripping

You should also inspect your door and replace any weather stripping that looks worn out and old. There are also products that get installed on the interior of the door on top of the weather-stripping that help to further reduce air leakage. They come in a variety of styles but essentially perform the same task. We recommend that you take measurements beforehand and match the colors in-store for a seamless replacement and installation. Installation is straight forward and doable by the average homeowner.

Furnace

Pretty soon it’ll be time to fire up the furnace if you haven’t already done so. Now is the best time to have someone come out and check on your equipment to see if there are any issues that need your attention. Find a reputable contractor that will service your equipment and be weary of those who state your best bet is to upgrade to a new one. Provided your current unit still works and you maintain it regularly you can hold off on upgrading until it’s absolutely necessary.

Don’t forget to switch your humidifier to the Winter Setting by adjusting the valve!

Thermostat

If you haven’t already invested in a programmable thermostat you should strongly consider doing so. If your home is left unoccupied for a large portion of the day you can save a considerable amount of money by scaling back the temperature during that time and have it set to scale back up an hour or so before you get home. This way you’ll be saving money during the day and whenever you’re home it’s as if it was that temperature the whole time. You don’t necessarily need a Wifi enabled unit however they do have their advantages. Consider your budget and choose the unit that best suits  your needs.

Duct Sealing

Leaks in your ductwork are the key reason why you experience the hot & cold room phenomenon on the second floor. Conditioned air is being lost throughout all the various holes in the system before it has a chance to make its way to the rooms. By sealing the leaks you’re optimizing the system for maximum airflow and that leads to feeling more comfortable upstairs. If your basement is unfinished you can use HVAC rated aluminum tape to tape around the joints you have access to as a first step. Most of the leakage points are on branch off’s and take off’s which are not as easily accessible as joints may be. This would be a situation to call the professionals at Aeroseal

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