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How To Re-Insulate Your Home On The Cheap

You've been getting high energy bills. You know your insulation is not very effective, but you're concerned about the cost of home insulation. Here are a few ideas on how you can do insulate your home without going bankrupt.

Weather stripping

Identify sections in your home which are leaking air. Some of the most vulnerable areas are windows, the attic, the space under the door, and around electrical outlets.

Seal spaces around your window and under the door using weather stripping. You can buy the material cheaply at your local DIY store. For tight spaces like those around electrical outlets, use caulk.

Door Snake

You can create a door snake, using old socks to block cold drafts from entering into your home or escaping through the space under the door.

Thick Curtains

If you can afford it, invest in thick curtains made of warm material such as flannel. Alternatively, you could add liner to your current curtains. Thick curtains will help contain warmth within the home. During the day, you can open them to let in the sunshine.

Window Pane Insulation

Did you know that the glass on your window does not offer 100% protection from heat loss? You need to reinforce the insulation by taping insulation film on your window pane. This is readily available at your local store.

Chimney Balloon

Your chimney can be a major outlet for warm air, especially if there is a broken or missing piece. You can use a special laminate balloon to seal the hole. This is inflated inside the chimney to form an effective barrier against heat loss. Only remember to take it down before you light your next fire.

Foil

You can insulate cheaply by using paper foil. Simply staple it onto your roof rafters. It works by reflecting back any warm air that attempts to escape through the attic.

Blanket

Do you have an old-school water heater tank? All you need to reduce heat loss is to wrap it with an insulation blanket from your home improvement store.

Your Furniture

The way you arrange your furniture can block air circulation, causing you to feel colder than you should. You may then automatically turn on the heater a few degrees higher. Keep your furniture away from heat sources, such as the radiator and vents. This will allow an easy and even circulation of warm air.

As you can see, home insulation doesn't have to be costly. With a few creative ideas and readily available material, you can keep your home warm and your energy bills low. Contact an insulation company to learn more about your options.


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