Hey friends how are we doing on this lovely December morning!? It’s a bit warm for our likings today, but we can’t complain since there’s snow to slide on and features to jib. That just means it’s time to break out the garbage bags, ponchos, or whatever it is to keep you (semi) dry and clear of the gusty winds. As the colder months are creeping in and it seems like you can feel every temperature change in you house from a door opening, to a crack in your window, now is the time to create a bit of a poncho or garbage bag for your house. I know a few weeks back we spoke about putting insulation sheets over your windows, but today we’re going to talk about a few more ways you can winterize your living situation on a budget. Lets get you can spending all day outside so you can come back to a warm home.
Whether it’s an apartment down in town, a log cabin up in the woods, or a van parked in your friends driveway, there are tons of ways to keep your living situations warm. Having lived in all sorts of scenarios in the past 5 years, I’ve learned that there is one material that will be your friend no matter what; weather stripping. Weather stripping, is just skinny strips of foam, usually with a sticky side to it that can be applied to the inside of your windows, frames of doors, or just about any small space that you’re feeling a draft come through. This stuff magical. If you use it wisely and efficiently on your windows and leaky areas, you can help shave up to 15% off your heating bill throughout the winter. If you have central cooling you can also keep the weather stripping installed in the summer to keep your cold air in.
Another huge factor for saving some serious heat is making sure you’ve got a door sweep properly installed on the bottom of all your entrance doors in the house. When we moved into our first apartment years ago in Burlington, VT we had to install these on entrance doors or else snow would literally be able to flow freely into the house with a good gust of wind. These can make all the difference in preventing unnecessary cold from getting into the house and also save you some $$ on your heating bill so you can spend it on sick winter gear.
Speaking of unwanted cracks around your house, if you can’t use weather stripping or a door sweep to block the cold, try using rope caulk. Rope caulk is essentially a roll of really durable putty that you can break into lengths and squish into seams or cracks that are letting air in. We’ve been using this to fill and insulate cracks in the door frame of our bathroom(which leads to the outside world) and has helped our bathroom retain waaaaay more heat, the bowl is not as cold now also and that’s a huge plus.
Anyway, that’s it for this week folks, get out there and winterize your living area and if you have any questions feel free to shoot us a message or wait for the super informative VIDEO we put out next week on how to do all this stuff!! Have a great week everyone