When the winter rains come, your garage and home are the only things standing between you and the cold. Small gaps in between the windows and doors of your home let out precious heating that wastes energy and does little for your home. Even in the midst of summer, the work you do to weather proof your home for winter will pay off with better insulation.
By eliminating drafts and giving your home a thorough inspection, you can find a wealth of money saving fixes you can apply to prepare for the months ahead. Vinyl protection is some of the best kind of weather proofing for your home. It protects well, creates a seal and it’s relatively inexpensive. Other methods are less permanent and sometimes cheaper solutions to smaller issues.
Small cracks can let out tons of unintended energy if you don’t seal them. Some of these cracks form as a result of use over time, like the way a window does not quite slide back into place when it’s closed. Other times the cracks form because of outside influence, like structural or weather damage.
One simple solution is to cover the hole with fabric. Fill the fabric with sand, like a pouch, and cover the cracks with it. A more professional solution involves using weather strips with an adhesive backing. These strips create a seal against a window that still allows you to open and close the window without letting out air from the inside. Caulking the exterior and interior of the window will also provide some extra protection without replacing the fixture altogether.
Weather stripping across garage door thresholds will help repel rain and improve the temperature of your garage by a few degrees. Nail or bolt a flexible seal to the exterior of the door for an affordable fix you can apply in minutes.
Add a door sweep to keep prevent warm air from escaping through the door frame. Don’t forget to wrap duct tape around exposed air ducts that lead outside.
You can cover windows with plastic films that will filter sunlight and help regulate temperature. You can buy plastic in rolls at your local hardware store, and a hairdryer will usually work well to seal the plastic to the window. For a less permanent option, try more curtains and better window dressings. Swap out vertical blinds for fabric curtains, or place black out curtains over blinds for extra insulation. The blinds will reflect sunlight on warm days, but keep homes well insulated throughout the winter.
Order an Inspection
A home inspection helps inform buyers about potential issues when they purchase a home, but they can also help you find trouble spots you can improve to save money on your bills. An independent energy contractor from your state will help point out where you can improve your home’s weather proofing.
Contractors may also have recommendations on workers that will service your home, which is helpful if you do not have your own handy man. Fortunately, many of these fixes can be applied by any husband and wife team with a weekend to spare.