With winter in full swing, many homeowners are reminded of the importance of winterizing their property. In this article, Total Construction Services, Inc. offers tips on keeping your home warm this winter.
Get an Attic Inspection
Ensuring your home has the recommended amount of attic insulation is the #1 most effective way to decrease a home’s energy usage because it keeps heat in during the winter and out during the summer. As a general contractor in Des Moines, Iowa, Total Construction Services is fully familiar with Department of Energy recommendations for our climate zone, and can conduct an inspection of your attic to ensure efficiency. If your home’s attic is already fully insulated, adding insulation to the walls is another way to reduce heating (and cooling) costs.
If you see that the weatherstripping around windows and doors is no longer in good shape, opt for replacement. Check the trim surrounding your windows and doors for gaps (a possible source of drafts) and signs of rot. Gaps should be filled with caulk. If your windows are beyond repair, you can rely on Total Construction for quality windows that will help make your home more livable. This will prevent drafts from entering your home, leading to increased comfort and energy savings.
Mind the Fireplace
Surprisingly, a fireplace can be a huge source of heat loss in a home. While it’s warm near the flames, a good deal of heat is lost through the chimney, and this process also draws more cold air into the house. If you do light a fire, be sure to use a glass front for the fireplace to keep less heated air from escaping up the chimney. When not in use, keep the chimney flue tightly closed to prevent heat loss.
You do not have to deal with draftiness and discomfort during winter. You can count on Total Construction Services, a trusted construction company in Lincoln, NE, for improvements that will help keep your home warm now and for many winters to come. Feel free to get in touch with us at (402) 218-4240 or fill out our request form for your home improvement needs.