As seasons shift and the local weather begins to change, keeping your home as comfortable as possible becomes a priority for any family. After all, holiday parties and everyday life both require a cozy home to enjoy to the fullest. If you are worried about how to keep your home comfortable in any weather, read on and find out tips to keeping cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Check for Damage
Keeping your house at a comfortable temperature is a war of a kind, and the walls of your home are like the walls of a castle. And if the walls of a castle start to develop wear and tear, an enemy can easily breach them. If you have holes or cracks (even small ones) in your walls, you are losing energy and money through cool or warm air leaking out. Worse, you are making your HVAC work harder, which leads to damages. Walk the outside of your home regularly and caulk any problem areas before they spread.
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It is not just about the exterior surfaces of your home’s walls. It is also about what is inside them. Specifically, it is about the insulation, the material inside the walls that helps prevent temperatures from changing inside. Good, solid insulation in your walls will keep out the heat or cold in even extreme weather, though the amount you will want to use varies by your location. However, if your home is feeling drafty, you might consider getting an upgrade to the insulation to make your walls hold in the temperature better.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
All the walls in the world will not make your home invulnerable to the elements. Cold and hot weather can both work their way in through the best-built fortifications. That is why most houses have a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (or HVAC) system. This is the centralized system that alternately heats and cools your house, letting you keep it clement inside whatever the season. But the HVAC system is not invulnerable either; it needs regular maintenance and repairs to function. If you schedule a regular appointment with an HVAC technician to check your system, you can keep bigger malfunctions at bay.
Weather-Strip Doors and Windows
The doors and windows of your home are a prime source of temperature vulnerability. Since they need to open, they will never sit perfectly sealed, and therefore you will leak air around them. But there are steps you can take to minimize that loss. Weather stripping is a material that can cover up the gaps between your doors and windows and their frames. By thoroughly installing the stripping and replacing it as needed over time, you will help seal as much of your desired temperature inside your house as possible. This is an easy install as well.
A comfortable home is a happy home, and keeping the interior temperature under control is a key part of that. Spending the occasional day keeping your walls secure against the elements is always a good use of time.