How to Prepare Your House For the Winter

By Brown Articles Published 11/5/2010 | Construction

If you have not already started now is the time to start preparing your house for the winter in order to cut down on heating costs and electric bills. Here are a few alternative tips to help render your house winter proof and cut down on those winter bills.

The very first step to take is to analyze your home and have an expert test your energy level. You can if you wish do this online, all you have to do is plug in information concerning your house and the website analyzes this data. It will then provide various suggestions on improvements you can make to lower the energy consumption in your home.

Another way to find out how to reduce bills is to have an energy audit conducted. A blower fan is installed on the front door of your home, which lowers the pressure inside your house in order to find out if you have any air leaks. From the resulting data you can make improvements and limit the cold air from penetrating into your home and the heat from escaping. These are relatively cheap tests you can have experts perform on your homes, which can save you quite a bit of money.

Nowadays there are new forms of insulation that are no longer as difficult and irritating for the skin to install. These are natural and recycled materials made from cotton fibers, known as blue jean insulation. This type of insulation is not treated chemically, but is naturally prepared to resist against fire, mold and pests, and has a lower toxicity level.

Sealing is another important issue to consider in order to avoid heat dispersal in homes. Even the smallest gaps in walls and in between windows and doors should be sealed, as even these can make a difference to your household bills. If you seal your house cracks effectively with a high-performance sealant you can save up to 20 percent of heating and cooling energy.

The sealant has to be weatherproof and waterproof, in addition to being flexible to allow for joint movement. It should expand and contract with the various temperature differences without shrinking or cracking.

You can also add a programmable thermostat, for every degree counts. Being able to decide what your room temperature should be is a great way of cutting down on energy consumption. If you keep the temperature in your home constant, it will take less energy to keep the temperature in your house comfortable at all times. A programmable thermostat can help you cut down on heating bills of at least ten percent and you will avoid any energy waste.

All of us agree that the ideal home is one that is comfortable and energy-effective for the health of the environment and our purse.