It’s Getting Cold! Keep Your Home Warm with These Ideas

October 24, 2017

As a homeowner, home maintenance should be important to you. There are tasks that need to be done annually, and others more often, to ensure your home stays in good condition. Some things need to be accomplished on a seasonal basis to account for changes in the weather. From installing quality insulation in Petaluma, CA to stopping air leaks, here are a few ways to keep your home warm this winter:

  • Check the insulation: Statistics show that up to 25 percent or more of your home’s indoor heat is lost through the roof, which is due to a poorly insulated attic. Un-insulated or under-insulated walls also account for a percentage of lost heat. To maximize your energy savings and heat retaining potential, check that you have adequate insulation material installed in the attic. You may need to add insulation to fill in bare spots on the attic floor, which is worth it since it will keep your home warmer throughout the cold winter months.
  • Replace old insulation: Another thing you might consider hiring an insulation contractor to do is replace old insulation materials. Old insulation does not work as well as newer materials, because aged insulation tends to compress down, shift over time or fall victim to moisture and mold. Talk to an insulation expert to find the material that will benefit your attic the most.
  • Seal up air leaks: There are several ways for outside air to get inside your house, such as through busted weather seals around doors and windows, and cracks in the attic. Once you seal up air leaks you will notice a difference right away.
  • Install a programmable thermostat: Your heating system and home insulation work together to create a warm and comfortable living environment. The heater produces hot air and the insulation retains it inside. To keep your house warm—and lower your energy bills in the process—consider installing a programmable thermostat that lets you set the heater to maintain your ideal temperature.
  • Open or close curtains: Even in fall and winter, the sun is bound to come out during the day. Therefore, an easy way to warm the inside of your house is to draw the curtains open when the sun is out and pull them shut when night falls. But not every window is positioned to let the sun in, so only open the curtains in rooms where the sunlight does shine through.
  • Reverse ceiling fans: Look at your ceiling fans and make sure they are now on the winter setting, which will reverse the blades so they move clockwise. The clockwise-spinning fan blades will push the rising heat back down, adding extra warmth to the room. Play around with the fan speeds until you find the setting that seems to work best for pushing heat downward.

The condition and quality of your home insulation in Petaluma, CA plays a huge role in your home’s ability to keep its interior at a comfortable temperature. For more information about the different types of insulation materials or to schedule insulation service, call the experienced team at Ace Insulation Inc. today!

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