Weatherizing DIY

Whether you own or rent, some helpful tips to keep the cold out of your home!

Colorado was treated to a dose of cold temps over the weekend, which reminds us of the importance of weatherizing homes to stave off this chilly air.

Now when many people think of weatherizing, it brings to mind the installation of the most up-to-date window fittings, insulation, sealing, etc.  These professional modifications are all great ways to make your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, not to mention more efficient. However, in the meantime, here are some things you can do on your own to keep creeping winter drafts at bay.

Start by targeting drafty windows, doors, and ducts.  Taking time to stop seeping air leaks can save you up to 20 percent on your utility bill.  Depending on your HOA regulations, you can use simple-to-apply caulks, adhesives, or foams to tighten older seams against the elements.  Also try these handy window covers for an affordable barrier against the cold: http://thd.co/JCUNdL

Less obvious culprits of air leaks include air conditioning units and electrical outlets.  During the winter it pays to cover air conditioning units until you’re ready to use them again. This keeps cold air from making its way into the system and thereby your home.  And if electrical outlets are providing more than just power in the form of a chilly draft, fix the problem with a simple foam sealer.

Now that your home is airtight, remember that ceiling fans can be your friend in the winter as well as the summer! Switch them on to send hot air collecting near the ceiling downward.

Here’s to staying warm in Colorado and remember to check with your HOA before making any weatherizing modifications to your home!