While I absolutely LOVE our recently purchased, nearly 100-year-old home, it does have it’s issues. One of which is being extremely drafty. Our garage door leading into the basement is so bad, that on the first cold night it felt like the door was wide open.
Between the drafty doors and windows, and old pipes, I knew I needed to get on weatherproofing before the first arctic blast barreled down on us. Being that this is my first home, I had no clue where to start! So, I did what any smart home owner would do; I Googled that shit!
Boy was I surprised to find out all of the super easy things I could do to not only cut down on the drafts, but also cut down my utility bills.
Did you know there is such thing as a water heater blanket? No? Then this post is for you! Here are twelve easy tips to weatherproof your home and save big bucks on your bills.
1. Shut and lock all windows. You may be saying, duh!, but you might be surprised what window your spouse/child opened last and forgot to close! I found FIVE windows that were open!
2. Put in or let down storm windows. This is a huge saver, if your windows are missing them, measure and start calling home salvage shops.
3. CAULK EVERYTHING! Sometimes fixing drafty windows is as easy as caulking. And get this, there is this stuff called, “removable caulk” that dries clear and is easily removed in the spring. I am All about it!!! Check out this guys review of it and how it works.
4. Put up plastic. For those windows with only minimal drafts, put up a plastic film with double side tape to block out those drafts.
5. Drape out the draft. Hang heavy drapes, preferably ones that have an insulated lining, on those big windows. You will feel the difference immediately!
6. Weatherstrip doors for extra defense against those bitter winds. Tip: Use staples or nails every six inches to keep the stripping in place on those heavily traveled doors.
7. Get a draft guard for the base of doors. I love these things. If you are crafty, you can even make one! Essentially it’s tubing that goes on either side of your door to keep the drafts out. Usually about $10 a kit.
8. Fill large gaps and cracks with expandable foam. It’s super easy and fun to use! The best part is that once it expands and dries, it can be easily cut flush with the surface.
9. Insulate the attic. Warm air rises… right out of the house. For us, even though our attic had good insulating, we have an attic fan that is wide open to the house and elements. Since I have no intention of sucking warm air out of my house, FTD lied insulating down over it the secured it with a few heavy bricks to keep it in place. HUGE DIFFERENCE! If you have space that is leaking warm air into your roof, crawl up in the attic and sort it out STAT!
10. Change the air filter. Changing the air filter will not only keep the air dust and allergen free, it also helps your furnace to run more efficiently. Due to living in the allergy capital of the US, I change my filter every two months.
11. Flip the fan. Switch ceiling fans to rotate clockwise to push the warm air down. Tip: clean them first. Trust me.
12. Buy that water heater a blanket! I’m still in shock about this one, but it’s true, get a water heater an insulated blanket. And get this, it can save unto 40% or the heat that can be lost through the sides of the heater. HOLY CRAP! Tip: Not all heaters are the same, so measure before running to the hardware store.
For more tips and tricks to keep your house cozy this winter, with how-to videos, check out my favorite, DIY network’s weatherproofing library of knowledge. Click here.
If you have any tips PLEASE share!!