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Re-Siding Curb Appeal: "Happy, Insulating Your Interior"

Posted by Eva Daly

May 9, 2014

 

Peninsula Re-siding, insulation for Rainy days

In this installment of Peninsula Re-Siding Curb Appeal column, we're following up on our last article "Money, Money, Money" Saving Money with Insulation" with an article focused on protecting your home with interior insulation.
Why is this topic? Well, not only is saving money sexy talk, but a dry, warm interior with lower utility and repair bills makes me deleriously happy and borders on risque! A risque amount of money saved that is...

Interior Motives...

The easiest, most reliable method to ensure your insulation is up to keeping you warm is to have an energy audit performed. Some utility companies offer courtesy energy audits, or you can hire a professional. PSC is BPI certified thru our parent company, S.E.A. Construction and can perform this audit as well. It’s also possible, in some cases, to verify the level of insulation by measuring the material and determining the total R-value by multiplying the depth by the insulation’s R-value per inch. Checking the insulation level in the attic is likely the easiest place for the “do-it-yourself-er” to start, and one of the most important places since heat rises.

While adding insulation, if necessary, may prove a costly step of your home weatherproofing, you won’t have to do it again anytime soon. Better yet, you will get the money back, month by
month (with lower utility bills), and in some areas rebates may be available. For more information, consult a professional and also look for pointers on rebates with your local utilities website.  Its our goal at Peninsula Siding Company to help you, so here are a few easy and affordable ideas for insulating your interior and get back some of that money, money, money!

 WindowsRe-Siding Curb Appeal - windows

1.  Make sure your windows are installed correctly

If you have older windows, be
sure that your windows are in good repair and closed correctly all around your
home.  Windows help to provide an additional layer of protection against
the cold air.

2. Add plastic coverings to the inside of your windows

On the inside of your windows,
you can easily add plastic covering that further helps to insulate old, drafty
windows. 

3. Add shades or drapes

Heavier shades or drapes help to keep cold
air and drafts out, not just from the window, but from around the window frame
too.  It’s important to close the drapes at night when the temperatures
are colder, and then open them during the day to use the energy of the sun to
warm up the house.

Re-Siding Curb Appeal - doors

Doors

4. Use door draft stoppers

You can buy a door draft stopper (there are lots of cute ones on Etsy!), or if you’re crafty, make one yourself.  Place them along your outside doors to help keep away the draft that seeps in underneath the door.

5. Fix leaks around doors and windows

Light a candle and move it around the door and window frames in your home.  If it flickers, you know there is a draft coming in, so patch the leaky spots with caulk or weather stripping.

Around The House...

6. Get a water heater insulating blanket

PSC key tip! Don’t forget about your water heater. Turn down your water heater to 120
degrees Fahrenheit and cover it with blanket insulation or a cover, as specified by the manufacturer. If your water heater is in an uninsulated area, this is even more important. Insulating your hot water heater saves energy by reducing heat lost through the sides of the water heater by 25-40%, which will help save you money on your energy bills.

7. Insulate your outlets

This one might seem a little silly, but many electrical outlets, especially in older homes, don’t have insulation around them. These could be a source of drafty cold air or a place that the warm air can leak out of your house since they are essentially just a hole in the wall.  To insulate your outlets, purchase foam padding that easily fits around your electrical outlets or light switches. Remember to take care and follow directions when working around electricity.

8. Vents

Open any register vents or air returns inside your house. Vents may be wall mounted, in the floor or in the celiing.  Repair or replace damaged or loose vents.  Reverse your ceiling fans to help circulate warm air that gathers near the ceilling.  When the fan blades rotate clockwise, they push the warm air down to "reheat" the lower areas.

Please share with us how these tips work for you.  Tune in next time when PSC's home siding blog articles may enthrall you with Part 2 of Stereotypes in Construction when we discuss "Women in Construction" or something equally compelling.  If you have any comments on what stereotypes you'd like us to address, send us a note on that too.  Leaving you with todays related soundtrack...."Happy" by Pherrell Williams...www.24hoursofhappy.com or
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

 

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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