How you can Insulate a Cool New Residence after a Wintertime Move to Houston

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

insulating after movingMoving to Houston in the winter could be a one of a kind encounter in case this is your initial time, you need to be well prepared for at least a few cold-weather surprises. Along with the typical struggles of making certain you've got a clear driveway and sidewalks as well as turning the furnace up prior to when the moving truck arrives, you could also learn that your new residence is considerably less thermally insulated compared to the house you have moved out of.

Insulation is something that's exceptionally tricky to evaluate when selecting and moving to a new home in Houston, no matter if you're leasing or purchasing. The photographs online simply don't tell you how cozy the areas will be, and open houses are typically organized to ensure the house is already cozy when prospective new home buyers arrive. You might not discover until the initial handful of nights in the new residence that this place has frigid breezes, freezing flooring, or merely does not hold on to heat the way you anticipate.

On the plus side, this is a predicament homeowners and tenants have already been dealing with for centuries and there are various easy solutions for a house which is frequently chilly in the wintertime. Today, we're here to aid by outlining the top strategies to insulate your home, increase the performance of your furnace, and revel in a cozy winter season after moving into your new home in Houston.

Heavy Thermal Drapes

Windows are the number one cause of cold drafts in the house. New double-paned storm windows are perfect for keeping the cold out as well as the heat in, but anything else can result in the windows to become an annoying avenue for cold air to get into your home. Single-pane glass windows simply exchange the cold air instantly, and the space around them will probably be noticeably colder. Older double-paned windows might allow chilly air to seep through as the insulating seal has broken.

The remedy? Halt that cold air with heavy thermal drapes. Big window treatments of just about any kind of design should help but specifically, thermal curtains were made to halt cold air in its tracks and keep it from getting away from the chilly window panes. The best option is either drapes which fit neatly inside the window frame or curtains that go to the flooring.

Rugs and Bath Rugs

Hard floor surfaces are a different cause of cold in a new house and are certainly noticeable when you are still laying out your furnishings. Natural stone, concrete, and tile floor coverings permits cold to move through them out of the freezing ground beneath, setting up a truly cooling sensation below bare and sock-covered toes. Hardwood floors are a bit better for insulation, although cold breezes beneath the doors can still sweep through the residence causing frosty toes throughout.

The solution to frosty floors and floor-level breezes is area rugs. Especially for areas floored with tile and stone, an area rug will add a cozy covering of insulation which will hinder cold from ascending out of the floor whilst keeping your feet comfortable while you walk throughout the area. Thick bath mats deliver a similar purpose in bathrooms and you could even use utility area rugs that happen to be simple to clean for chilled kitchen flooring and also outdoor porches.

Draft Stoppers

Cold drafts underneath doors can be a problem no matter what variety of floor coverings you've got if the doors are high enough off the ground. This can be specifically precarious if breezes pass between your front area where cold gets in to the rest of the house. The solution to door drafts are long sock-shaped items known as draft stoppers. You can easily create your own with just a little DIY sewing and a variety of old socks, or it is possible to purchase them at a retail store for a very marginal cost. These basically establish a plushy barrier below the door which swings easily with the door yet stops chilly breezes from blowing through the house.

Open All the Vents

If one or two rooms are extremely nippy and you are unable to understand why, look at the air vents. There is a possibility that the prior resident might have closed particular vents in the home, keeping heat from entering into these locations. Make certain all your vents in your home are open to provide even warmth or, if there is a space you do not use, close that vent and make use of a draft stopper to conserve a little HVAC money on heating that area.

Space Heaters

Lastly, a number of homes merely have an uneven heating profile. If 1 or 2 areas merely do not get warm enough through the night or during the day, think about selective utilization of a space heater. Space heaters are good and often very strong little devices that can warm a given room space. They'll ensure that your youngsters do not shiver at nighttime, combat chilly window drafts, or they can be employed to typically raise the temperature of your residence by placing them in central spaces and doorways. Just be sure to never leave a space heater on when you leave the house or unmonitored overnight without an auto thermostat/timed shutoff feature and be sure to go by all manufacturer guidelines for safe use.


In some cases, soon after moving to a new home in Houston, you discover that it's colder than expected. Fortunately, using these simple solutions you can readily enhance the insulation and draft resistance of your house and revel in a comfortable winter in your new place in Houston.


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