6 Tips to Stay Warm in Your New Home

Moving in the winterBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

In the event you moved to your new residence in Little Rock during the summer months, it's your first-time spending the winter months there. It is best for you to find ways that may help keep your residence comfortable as well as at the same time help you save money. Being a professional moving company in Little Rock, we have aided many people move into all sorts of homes. Consequently, we have put together some pointers which will not only ensure that your house is energy efficient but will also allow you to stay nice and cozy throughout the winter period.
 

1. FIXING DRAFTY AND LEAKY WINDOWS

Windows are probably the primary source of heat loss and drafts specifically for older residences. If storm windows are available, ensure that they're properly installed and they can totally close with no difficulty. Make use of silicone caulk to seal cracks and gaps. Get rid of ac units in the windows as the air vents on the AC can allow cold air in your house. Through the use of weather stripping on the wooden windows, you will help seal off the spaces which are in between the sill and the bottom of the window frame.

Old 1-pane home windows might be causing loss of warmth from your home. Yet, plastic sheeting or window treatments can help reduce heat loss. You need to ensure that the sheeting is air tight and bring down shades overnight to preserve heated air in the home. It's also necessary for you to open the window shades throughout the day to benefit from the passive warmth from the sun.

2. FIX DRAFTY DOORS

It's important for you to make sure that all your doors shut completely and that there isn't any space between the frame and the door. It is possible to tell if there are drafts simply by moving a lit candle around the door frame to find out whether it flickers. If it flickers, that is a clear sign that you have drafts. You can repair the drafts applying silicone caulk or weather stripping.

3. PUTTING INSULATION TO THE ATTIC

By just insulating attics, you'll help in reducing the quantity of heat lost from the roof. This will make sure that you always feel toasty and comfortable. Although incorporating insulation can be a little pricey, it'll have an excellent return on investment.

4. GET A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

A thermostat will make sure your house stays energy efficient by keeping the bills low. Once you set up a programmable thermostat, there is no need to manually set the temperature you find ideal every time you leave the house and whenever you get back. The thermostat adapts your home's temperature instantly hence offering utmost comfort level if the home is occupied. You can also set the thermostat to be able to tone down your residence's temperature whenever nobody is in the home.

5. INSULATE OUTLETS

It's easy for someone to ignore outlets and light switches if they're weatherproofing their new residence. Electrical outlets are essentially holes in the walls and they can be quite a source of heat loss from your home or chilly drafts, and that's why you must check them. Consequently, you need to ensure that they've been insulated. Insulation kits used on electric outlets and light switches are pre-cut foam insulators which may be fixed behind the wall or switch plates. You may even choose to trim your own insulator foam but ensure that the foam is fire retardant to avoid electrical fires.

6. UTILIZE A WATER HEATER BLANKET

A water heater blanket is essentially a blanket installed around your water heater to help reduce heat loss thus helping you save money on the energy bills. Additionally, it ensures that the water heater keeps a steady temperature.

If you're looking for additional resources about what to do once you move to a new house, get in touch with A-1 Freeman Moving Group, your local moving company in Little Rock.

 

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