6 Tips to Stay Warm in Your New Home

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

If you moved to your new house in Houston during the summer months, this is your first-time spending winter there. It is recommended that you should find ways that will help keep your residence cozy as well as at the same time conserve your funds. As a professional moving company in Houston, we have aided a lot of people move into all types of houses. So, we've compiled some pointers that will not only ensure that your residence is energy efficient but will also help you stay warm and comfy during the entire winter time.
 

1. FIXING DRAFTY AND LEAKY WINDOWS

Windows can be the primary cause of heat loss and drafts especially for older houses. In the event that storm windows are on hand, make sure that they're adequately installed and they can fully close without any trouble. Make use of silicone caulk to seal cracks and spaces. Clear away air conditioning units in the windows because the vents on the AC will let wintry air into your home. By making use of weather stripping on the wooden windows, you can help close off the gaps that happen to be between the sill and the bottom of the window frame.

Old 1-pane windows could be creating reduction of temperature out of your home. Even so, plastic sheets or window shades might help prevent heat loss. You'll want to ensure that the sheeting is air tight and bring down shades overnight to preserve warm air inside the house. Additionally it is important that you open the shades throughout the day to benefit from the indirect warmth from the sun.

2. DEAL WITH DRAFTY DOORS

It is important for you to make sure that all your doors shut fully and also there's no space between the frame and the door. You'll be able to tell if there are drafts by moving a lit candle round the door frame to ascertain if it flickers. If it flickers, that's a distinct sign that you've got drafts. You'll be able to repair the drafts using silicone caulk or weather stripping.

3. ADDING INSULATION IN THE ATTIC

Simply by insulating attics, you can help in reducing the quantity of heat lost out of the roof. This will ensure that you always feel toasty and cozy. Even though incorporating insulation could be a little expensive, it's going to have a great return on your investment.

4. INSTALL A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

A thermostat will assure your home remains energy efficient by keeping the bills low. When you put in a programmable thermostat, you don't need to personally set the temperature you find suitable every time you go away and once you get home. The thermostat adjusts your residence's temperature promptly hence delivering maximum comfort level if the residence is occupied. You may also set the thermostat to be able to tone down your house's temperature whenever nobody is at home.

5. INSULATE OUTLETS

It is easy for someone to ignore electric outlets and light switches when they're weatherproofing their new home. Electric outlets are essentially holes in the walls and they might be a source of heat loss from your home or cold drafts, which explains why you need to inspect them. Hence, you should make sure that they've been insulated. Insulation kits utilized on 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 make sure that the foam is fire retardant to avoid electrical fires.

6. UTILIZE A WATER HEATER BLANKET

A water heater blanket is basically a blanket put around your water heater to help prevent heat loss thus allowing you to trim expenses on the energy bills. Additionally, it ensures that the water heater keeps a steady temperature.

If you're searching for further resources on what to do after you move to a new residence, get a hold of A-1 Freeman Moving Group, your local moving company in Houston.

 

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