Five Ways to Insulate Your Home This Winter

December 21, 2019

You generally can’t see your wall and ceiling insulation, unless you’re up in the attic. Insulation is out of sight, so you might not give it much thought, unlike the condition of your doors, windows or floors, since you can see these features. But there are other factors aside from insulation material that play a role in how well your house is insulated against the elements. Come winter, you may notice cold drafts or your heater seemingly not warming up your home as it did in winters past. Your personal comfort is important, and high heating bills are no one’s idea of a good time.

Having adequate home insulation in Northern California is not the only way to insulate the inside of your house from cold winter temperatures. Here are some top tips and DIY suggestions to help you stay warm this season:

  • Maintain your HVAC: In order for your heater and air conditioner to function properly, you need to change the air filter at least once a month or according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. This is especially important during the heavy-use winter months. A clean filter improves indoor air quality while keeping your HVAC system running efficiently. Move furniture away from vents to maximize airflow.
  • Insulate your attic: Make sure your attic is insulated well this winter. Although this can be a pricier home improvement, it’s worth it for the sake of year-round comfort. And you have options in terms of both materials and installation services. If you choose a type of roll sheet insulation, you can install it yourself. Or, hire a qualified installation technician to add this or another material of your choosing. Having quality insulation in your attic provides maximum protection to keep the heat in your house.
  • Hang thicker curtains: Drafty windows will make any room uncomfortable to be in, especially on cold winter nights. To avoid drafts, swap out your lighter curtains for a more heavy-duty window treatment option. Use either heavier drapes or solar/cellular shades to keep the warm air in and cold air out, and remember that they need to be closed to work. Pick something that matches the style of your home’s décor, or opt for a simpler, more neutral and universal option.
  • Evaluate temperature zones: If you home has more than one heating zone, keep in mind that they don’t all have to be programmed to the same setting. Adjust each thermostat based on how much time you spend in a room or level of your home. Turn off or lower the temperature in unoccupied or infrequently-used heating zones. Another tip is to close doors to less-used rooms to keep the warmth circulating where you need it most.
  • Replace weather-stripping: Go around and check the weather-stripping on all your home’s windows and exterior-facing doors. If seals are worse for wear, replace them. These are components that helps keep cold air out and warm air in.

When you need to add extra home insulation in Northern California, you can count on the expertise of the professional technicians at Ace Insulation Inc. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

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