Now that the cold weather has arrived there are a variety of different steps that can be taken to prepare your home. These tips can save you money and energy but will also leave your home feeling more comfortable.
Seal your walls:
The interior walls of your home are what typically keeps the outside air out of your home. There can be leak and holes that will cause a flow of cold air. These holes and leaks would usually occur around plugs and switches. If you are comfortable working around electrics it is advised to reduce the leakage by using Caulk to seal around the area.
Exterior Wall Gaps:
Wherever you have something that will penetrate the exterior wall such as outside taps, air vents or plumbing, there is bound to be an air leak. It is beneficial to seal these penetrations with expanding foam so that every nook and cranny is filled. Just make sure that you never seal next to a gas flue. This will create a very dangerous fire hazard.
Look for Insulation Gaps:
You should always check out where the foundation meets the house. This area can be susceptible to cracks and holes developing due to adverse weather conditions or corrosion over time. These holes can be fixed with expanding foam. It is recommended to test the expanding foam on a scrap surface first to see how it works. Gloves should also be worn when using the foam as it gets extremely sticky before it sets.
For bigger areas expanding foam is not ideal. Another area to check the insulation is in the roof or the attic. Regulations associated to the amount of insulation recommended for these areas has most certainly changed since your home was built. You can buy rolls of fiberglass insulation that can replace your current insulation or can layer on top of your current insulation. This will upgrade the thermal performance of your home. It is also recommended to wear protection when holding fibreglass insulation.
Check your windows:
Your windows can be a massive contributor to inefficiency. If you can afford to, best practice is to invest in windows are up to the highest standards of emittance. Most homes built 20 years ago will be subject to a lot of leakage through their windows. The windows in these homes will be single or double paned but the technology has improved astronomically in recent years. The seals around window frames are also an area that can suffer greatly from leakage. Any gaps or holes can be filled with Caulk.
Nothing beats having your home ready for the conditions but FBD recommend that you always have a backup plan available in the form of adequate Home Insurance. Don’t take anything to chance. If you are unsure that your Home Insurance covers you for the colder months visit the FBD website or call into your local FBD Office