Winter is here: Fido is wearing his Christmas sweater, your 2-year-old is bundled up like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and you fear going to get the mail. Your home is by and large the most important investment in your life. In order to save money, keep your family warm, and keep up with your biggest investment, here are five tips to help you properly winterize your home this season.
- Work on the Inside — When surveying the inside of your home, look for cracks around the windows, walls, and outlets. According to the Earthworks Group, the average home in the U.S.has leaks/holes which can amount to a nine-square-foot area. So, how do we plug these potentially expensive holes? Well, you can use a standard caulking gun in instances where you can see a hole, crack, gap, or feel a draft on a windy day. As well, door sweeps can help to curtail drafts from under the door. And for inefficient windows, a company such as Duck Brand offers weatherization seals/insulation kits that will save you energy (and money). (more…)