Ideas to winterize my home?

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  • DesertRose DesertRose on Dec 01, 2017
    If you mean to keep it warmer and cut down the drafts, there are several things you can do. First of all the doors and windows leak if they are not sealed properly. In our spare bedroom and hall windows we actually put bubble wrap on the windows. We left a small 4 inch area the width or length of the window to be able to peer out if need be, but some windows we covered completely like the bathroom windows. A second choice would be clear plastic kits made to winterize windows, but we found the bubble wrap let in enough light and better insulated. However we live in the NW where winters are extreme in the Rockies. Also be sure all pipes are sealed to outside air, such as under all sinks and washer dryer areas. You would not think about the electrical outlets, but these too can allow cold are in and due to the number you may have on outside walls, they do leak warm are. Doors should have insulated sealers all around the edge and storm doors also aid in cutting off drafts. All this is to no avail if the house itself is not well insulated in the walls, roof, and even under the floor. Living in extreme cold areas has taught us to heed all these areas for winterizing the home. Hope this helps.
  • Pascale Nguyen Pascale Nguyen on Dec 01, 2017
    I used this video to guide me and did my own research on what to buy. I bought rope and foam caulking on Amazon.
  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Dec 03, 2017
    Many people seal windows with plastic
  • Inetia Inetia on Dec 03, 2017
    There is bubble wrap for windows that sticks to the glass. . You can also cut heavy mill plastic to put in the windows. Use two 1x1' wood slats the length of you widow and use them to hold hold it in place. Hold the slats in place with tension curtain rods at the top and bottom. A small rolled up towel on the window sill before adding the plastic will make sure no cold air falls through the bottom of the plastic.. (It's a two man job.) Additionally, you can cover the windows with with heavy curtains or blankets at night (or all the time in rooms you don't use.) Check the bottom of your doors for drafts and block them with a rolled up towel. Check electric outlets for drafts; (there is a product for that too), Increase the humidity in your living space by simmering a large pan of water with a handful of cloves in it. Set the timer to remind you to check on it.(I check mine every hour.) You'll feel warmer and wooed by the fragrance. My husband and I are empty nesters and we run a tiny, inexpesive but highly efficient, electric heater in the front room. It keeps us warm and toasty and keeps the furnace from running. We closed the heating vents and the doors in the rest of the house. It has saved on electric and we're actually more comfortable.
  • Dfm Dfm on Dec 04, 2017
    check and caulk all windows, base boards and door casings. then bubble wrap & shrink wrap the windows. i have cats so i put up a 4 mil. plastic and use blue painters tape to keep it in place. get socket sealers installed.. little foam pads that go on the electoral outlets--if the out let didn't have cords plugged in i put safety plugs in place. if you have a basement... and can see the floor boards make sure any cased wiring going to the floor above is caulked. i have a electrical water heater- an old one- that got a insulation jacket. sprayed foam insulation at the rim joists, and batt insulation in all the perimeter joist spaces.

    the sweater count has gone down from 6 layers to two.

    i still need to figure out which duct work is the cold air return and which is heat....even with the heat running i can not tell. and, i'm not sure if i need to insulate them...or do i leave them for any residual heat?
  • Ellis Ellis on Dec 04, 2017
    Insulated drapes or curtains help a lot. Open them during the day for sunlight, but close them at dark.

    Don't forget even a simple idea like draft stoppers at the bottom of entry doors. You can buy them at stores like Bed Bath & Beyond, or make your own, if you have sewing ability. They made a huge difference in the draftiness of our home.