While the current weather for our residents in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is still relatively mild, the cooler temperatures are just around the corner. You may notice that as the thermometer outside drops, your home is a bit chillier than normal. At Benchmark Painting & Carpentry, we are a carpentry and painting company that believes it’s important to weatherproof your home for the cold winter months ahead. It is an energy-efficient way to keep your heating costs down while you stay comfortably warm inside.
There are many different ways to weatherproof your home, but we’ve picked a few of our favorites.
1. Use a water heater blanket
It’s exactly the way it sounds – a blanket for your hot water heater. Many people don’t realize that up to 25 percent of your home energy bill can be attributed to your water heater. As the temperatures decline, your hot water heater will need to work extra hard to heat your home, but if it is insulated with an inexpensive water heater blanket, your wallet will thank you.
2.Caulk leaky windows and doors
A great method to finding those tiny leaks in your windows and doors involves a simple candle and match. Light the candle and hold the flame near a window or door. If there is a draft, the flame will begin flickering. While it may seem useless to fill such a tiny hole, all leaks in your windows and outside doors can add up to a big problem with temperature control. You can fill in the leaks with caulk, which is a sealant, and comes in a variety of strengths.
3. Use draft stoppers on outside doors
Any doors in your home leading to the outdoors may let unwanted drafts into your cozy living area. You can combat the pesky cold air by placing a draft stopper (a tube-shaped object stuffed with insulating material) at the bottom of your closed doors. Since your floors will be less exposed to cold air, it is quite possible that your feet will notice a difference in the temperature of your floors.
4. Apply window shrink wrap
Drafty windows can increase your home heating bill by up to 30 percent, which is a staggering number to comprehend and a heavy hit to your wallet. Enter: window shrink wrap. This home winterizing material is used to further insulate your windows, keeping the heat inside throughout the winter. If your windows are old, it may be necessary to replace your windows, which our professional carpenters could start and finish before the first snowfall covers the ground.
5. Replace old attic insulation
Attic insulation is a key component in keeping heating bills down during the cold season. If your attic is insulated properly, the heat in your home will not rise up and escape into thin air. It is possible that even if you have attic insulation, there may not be enough to capably insulate your home, or it may be too old to perform well. So, climb on up to the attic and replace the insulation before the cold weather strikes.
If you would like your home to be fully weatherproof and more energy-efficient, but are busily preparing for the holiday season, our experienced carpenters would love to step in and take on the job. We are here to help you in all of your professional carpentry needs as well as any commercial and home painting needs. Please contact us online or give us a call at 301-949-1100.