The cold and windy weather that has recently gripped Missouri may have made you realize that your home is not as well insulated as you thought.
As you sit and listen to the wind blow outside, cold air may be entering your home and compromising its heating efficiency. Air from outside can manage to seep in from the most unexpected places, especially when propelled by a strong gust. In order to stop from feeling those cool drafts inside, here a few tips that can help you take care of them.
Sealing Windows and Doors
By now, you should have installed your storm windows and checked for leaks around the frames. If you are still feeling bursts of chilled air from there cover them with a layer of thick plastic. Unsightly, yes. But to combat the cold and keep your utility bill reasonable this is a cheap solution that can be done quickly. If possible, poke a small hole for the cord that controls the blinds. During the day when the sun is out, you still want to be able to utilize its heat to warm up your house. If you are completely against the idea of plastic, then at least consider hanging heavy drapes over the windows for the rest of the season.
If the drafts are coming from under the outside doors, install a door draft stopper. Or roll up a towel and place it along the bottom for now. The space between the bottom of your door and the floor can be quite large, and if the wind is blowing directly at the front of your house all of that cold air is being blown right into it.
Bathroom Doors and HVAC Closets
Keep the bathroom door closed. The many plumbing fixtures inside of your bathroom are all installed into the wall leaving openings for cold air to enter. If you have not sealed or insulated these areas, then keeping the bathroom door closed will contain the cold air that is being blown into the room.
Don’t forget the HVAC closet, or wherever in your home your heating and cooling units are kept as well as the washer and dryer. These are both areas where the potential for leakage is high due to necessary vents. Keep the door to the rooms where these are housed closed at all times during the winter.
A Thorough Assessment
These are really all just temporary fixes to allow you to stay inside until it warms up enough to go and get the necessary items to fix the leaks. Once weather allows, you should also call an expert HVAC technician to come to your home and help you do a thorough assessment. Drafts in a sealed house adversely affect the efficiency of your gas furnace. As they pass by the digital thermostat they may give it a false reading causing the furnace to be turned on and off unnecessarily. This strain can lead to it over-heating and breaking down. Not something you want to have to deal with during a Missouri winter.
Call Air Excellence Heating and Cooling at (636) 980-0998.
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