Weatherproofing your home is key for keeping you and your family comfortable throughout the changing seasons. Proper weatherproofing ensures that your home is not wasting energy nor overworking your heating and cooling systems. No matter what time of year, be sure that you’re not making these common mistakes with your weatherproofing:
Drafts can be easy to ignore because they tend to be isolated to certain areas in your home, but these small air leaks in your home can end up costing you big money. When you notice a draft in your home, whether it’s from a window, exterior door, attic, or near an exterior utility cut-out, you should tend to it immediately. Caulking or adding weather-stripping to these areas can go far in keeping unwanted air from coming in as well as keeping the warm or cool air from your HVAC system from escaping.
If you don’t know where drafts may be located in your home, but you have a sneaking suspicion that your house has them, light a candle and slowly walk it around the perimeter of your home’s interior. Concentrate your efforts around windows and doors. If the candle’s flame flickers, that’s a pretty good indication that you’ve got a draft that needs to be sealed appropriately.
Skimping on Weatherproofing Materials
Not buying enough weatherproofing materials is a common mistake. You don’t want to skimp on the caulking or weather-stripping to save a few bucks. If these areas are not properly sealed, or the material spread too thinly, they will not protect your home from drafts. Attic insulation is another area that you don’t want to skimp on. Insulation in this area can cause heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, which is exactly the opposite of what you need to make your home comfortable.
Before starting your project, take proper inventory of how many drafts you have in your home, where the drafts occur, and what materials you’ll need to combat them. Measure the length of areas needing to be covered, and be sure to check how much coverage your materials provide. Generally, you can seal about two average sized windows with one tube of caulking material. Also, purchase the highest quality material you can afford. If you purchase high quality weatherproofing materials from the start, they will protect your home against drafts for years to come.
Putting it Off
In general, putting off weatherproofing your home will only end up costing you a lot of wasted home energy over time. If you’re putting it off because you don’t want to invest the money, just consider all the energy that is being wasted from drafts coming into your home. Bite the bullet and weather-proof your home; that way, you’ll be guaranteed comfort no matter what the temperature is outdoors.
Overlooking Your HVAC System
Be sure to take proper care of your HVAC system. An inefficient system will only end up causing you trouble and cause uneven (and uncomfortable) temperature fluctuations in your home. One of the easiest ways to make sure your HVAC system is running smoothly and efficiently is to schedule a maintenance service with our team at AB&B. We are experts in making sure your HVAC system is ready to go up against any type of weather.
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