Prevent drafts in doors and windows. Doors and windows are prime locations for heat loss inside your house. Adding wide or better insulated weather stripping will prevent cold air from entering and warm air from escaping. HomeDepot sells easy to install weather stripping!
Caulk Openings In Your Exterior Wall (Like Your Cable Connection)
Seal any small openings around your home: Openings and cracks around your home can cause heat loss. Using a waterproof sealant around small openings will prevent air flow and moisture from entering. Using spray foam insulation around basement floor joists and gaps in foundation walls can help to increase your home’s insulation value.
Insulate Your Attic Access
Make sure your attic access panel is insulated: often times older homes have insufficient insulation coverage on top of their attic opening. When I have homes inspected, our thermal cameras can easily detect this deficiency. To insulate this, install cardboard slats around the opening to prevent insulation from falling into your home each time you open the panel access. Like a retaining wall, new insulation can be added on top of the panel and stop this common source of heat loss in your home.
Seal Your Older Basement Windows
Sealing old basement windows: In older homes, covering up old basement windows in minimally occupied rooms can be an inexpensive and temporary solution until your budget will allow for new windows. Using insulation, thermal blankets or other insulated materials and sealing with a poly vapour barrier will temporarily prevent cold air from entering. Keep in mind this is a cheap solution and not a long term solution.
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