Home improvement projects can become expensive very quickly. One of the things you can do to cut costs is to do what you can by yourself. Since we’re heading towards a middle ground when it comes to temperatures outside the home, it’s a good time to make sure you take action to keep temperatures inside your home within a comfortable range. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to insulate your home yourself without breaking the bank.
Seal Your Attic
Since warm air rises, in many homes heat escapes the main areas of the house and goes up into the attic. Of course, heating your attic doesn’t really do much good, so you should insulate it. This can be as simple as applying a layer of foil to your roof’s rafters. The foil is a more affordable alternative to applying spray foam insulation and can be used to reflect heat from your attic back into the lower levels of your home. It’s also easy to install. All you have to do is staple the foil to your rafters.
Seal Your Windows
Windows are another part of your home where both heat and cool air tend to get lost in the winter and summer, respectively. One of the things you can do to prevent this is to seal them well. You should make sure that you apply the sealant evenly to prevent it from coming off. Another thing you can do to insulate your windows is to install heavy blackout curtains. These curtains will reduce the conductivity of your windows since heat loss happens less through thick curtains than it does through plain glass.
Insulate Your Water Tank
Another portion of your house that should be given attention to is your hot water tank. This is, of course, assuming you don’t have a tankless water heater. Again, it’s a very simple process. All you have to do is get an insulation jacket and wrap it around the water tank. This will help the water inside the tank stay warmer longer, reducing the need to constantly be heating it. Your wallet will thank you too, as this should also reduce your utility bill somewhat.
Insulating your home yourself is a great way to make sure your home stays comfortable during both hot and cold times of the year without breaking the bank. By sealing your attic and windows, as well as insulating your water tank, you can help keep the interior of your home within your desired temperature range. Take steps now to make sure you’re good to go before temperature extremes set in.
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