Home Heat-Loss Prevention Tips During the Cold Winter Months

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If your house is so cold this winter, you’re opening the refrigerator to heat the place, your home may be singing “Ice Ice Baby.”

If your house is so cold this winter ice cubes are coming out of the faucet, your home may be doubling as Mr. Freeze’s lair from “Batman.”

If your house is so cold this winter your family is huddling in the freezer to stay warm, your home may becoming a not so wonderful winter wonderland only a Grinch could love.

Let’s face it: Braving and battling winter every day is tough enough. Suffering through winter in a drafty cold house is pure, bitter cold agony. If it’s so cold in your house you can’t even get into a heated argument with your teenage daughter over control of the remote, it’s time to solve your home’s heat-loss problem, stat!

Here are telltale signs of home heat loss:

  • Drafts around doors and windows
  • Visual gaps around outlets and fixtures
  • No frost on the roof when other roofs have frost

Trust us, you don’t want to be battling January’s 20-below wind chills both outside and inside. Here are quick, easy and affordable ways to solve home heat-loss problems that are a lot less painful than asking your husband or wife to pour hot coffee on your hands so you can stay warm:

  • Install weather stripping around doors and windows or use a rolled-up towel or draft stopper to block gaps
  • Apply plastic shrink insulation on windows
  • Caulk cracks around window and door trim
  • Hang heavy drapes or curtains
  • Seal leaks around fixtures
  • Add attic insulation and ensure ductwork is adequately sealed
  • Cover hardwood or tile floors with plush area rugs
  • Leave the oven door open after baking
  • Close off unused rooms
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat

The best, most accurate way to determine where your home is losing heat is by having a professional conduct a home energy audit. So, if your house is so cold the floor turns to frost when you mop it, you have a home heat-loss problem you need to solve fast.

For no family should try to weather winter’s wrath in a freezer better suited for a polar bear.

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