As the climate begins to cool in Maryland, one starts thinking about how to keep warm and cozy in the winter. Whether it’s summer or winter, it is always best to have a well-insulated home, as it means you will stay comfortable year-round and save on your cooling and heating bills. If you are looking for easy, budget-friendly ways to insulate your home this season, you have come to the right place.
Seal Windows & Doors
Windows and doors are the most susceptible parts of a house to leak air even though they are closed most of the time. If you can feel air seeping in through the window or door frames, be sure to seal them with caulk or insulation tape. Avoid using duct tape and buy a product made for sealing!
Insulate the Attic
Insulating the attic is easier than one might think. Anyone can do it! All you need to do is to roll out insulation across the attic floor, parallel to the joists. You can also add a second layer of insulation that runs perpendicular to the joists. Heat rises, so attic insulation is quite effective in retaining that warmth.
Insulate Electrical Outlets
You can also seal in heat by insulating your electrical outlets. Although they are not the first things you might think of insulating, they can be an indirect source of outdoor air. All you need to do is to use foam-filled electrical outlet and switch covers or spray foam into your existing covers.
In spaces that get little heat or during a power outage, water pipes become susceptible to bursting under freezing temperatures due to the air pressure that can build up inside them. An easy way to insulate your pipes is to buy a water pipe sleeve and attach it.
Hang Thermal Curtains
This idea is both functional and stylish. One can further insulate windows from leaking cold air into the house by installing thermal curtains over them. These heavy curtains can reach floor to ceiling and are applicable for back doors as well.
Along with all of these easy ways to insulate your home comes moisture control. It is essential to keep the air circulating and to keep it relatively dry for your health and comfort. If necessary, invest in a dehumidifier and make sure your bathroom exhaust fans and range hood fans are working properly.
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