Winterizing your home is the best way to increase your comfort and decrease your heating costs during the colder months. From attic insulation to rodent control, read below to learn about the essentials of winterizing your home.
Update Your Attic Insulation
Did you know that most heat loss occurs through your attic? As heat rises, it can escape through damaged or otherwise ineffective areas of attic insulation. Therefore, updating your attic insulation is a crucial part of winterizing your home. The best way to insulate your attic involves blowing in loose fill fiberglass insulation. A blown in insulation process ensures that hard-to-reach areas receive full coverage.
Prevent Rodent Damage
Rodents and insects can invade your home as they try to escape from the cold. Homeowners often find nests of squirrels or rats in the attic during the winter. To prevent rodent damage, consider contacting a rodent control professional.
Do a Perimeter Check
As you walk around the outside of your house, look for any cracks or holes in the walls and foundation. In addition, make sure your gutters are clean to ensure proper water drainage. If excess water freezes on your roof instead of draining off, it can cause major structural damage. Also, make sure to trim surrounding trees so that any branches that fall due to precipitation and freezing temperatures do not damage your home. Try to insulate any exposed pipes and fix leaky ducts, as well.
Make Indoor Improvements
If possible, replace old windows with energy efficient ones. Reinsulate around the window trim and replace old seals that may be brittle or cracked. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature of your home. You can set the thermostat’s timer to heat the house only during the times when you are home to maximize your heating unit’s efficiency.
If you are unfamiliar with any of these winterizing essentials, or just prefer to leave it to a professional, contact Atticare. We specialize in home winterization and attic insulation installation in San Francisco. Our services are designed to maximize your home’s energy efficiency and your comfort. Call us today at 1 1-866-692-5449 for a free estimate.