Winter Insulation Tips: 10 Things to Insulate Before the Cold Season

As the temperatures start to drop, homeowners start to think about cold spell insulation. Proper insulation can keep your interior surroundings more comfortable for the winter and save money on utility bills. Use the following top winter insulation tips to protect your home when freezing temperatures arrive:

  • Protect your pipes: If temperatures drop below freezing, your plumbing can suffer. If pipes are not well insulated, they can freeze and eventually crack. To avoid flooding, insulate pipes in cold areas before the cold weather hits.
  • Weatherstrip your windows: Even newer windows can feature imperfections that allow warm air to escape and cold air to enter your home. Check your doors and windows for proper weatherstripping and add or replace where needed to seal up your surroundings.
  • Boost basement insulation: If your basement floor feels cold to walk on, you probably need more insulation in that area. Add insulation to the flooring and walls to make the surroundings more comfortable and reduce the amount of work your HVAC system has to do to heat the space.
  • Frost-proof your faucets: If you have any outdoor faucets, they will need cold spell insulation. Install a frost-proof faucet or add insulating products to the fixture before temperatures drop below freezing.
  • Look for leaks: Minor gaps can add up to significant heat loss in your home. Consider outlets, light fixtures and switches that may have leaks or gaps. Seal them with DIY insulation to close these gaps and keep your interior surroundings more comfortable.
  • Cap your chimney: Older chimneys in particular may need cold spell insulation. If your chimney does not have a cap, balloon or plug, contact a professional to install one or more of these features to prevent downdrafts.
  • Check your crawlspace: Don’t assume your crawlspace is insulated. Inspect this area and add proper insulation if it is not in place. For assistance with this inspection, reach out to a professional contractor.
  • Cover air conditioners: If your home features room or window units, remove these for the winter, if possible. If they are permanently installed, apply caulk around the unit and keep it covered for the season to minimize air leaks.
  • Access your attic: Many homeowners never set foot in their attics. However, one of the best winter insulation tips is to make sure this space is properly insulated. Each fall, make it a habit to inspect your attic. Make sure insulation is still in place and that it hasn’t settled, moved or been disturbed by pests. Also check for proper ventilation to avoid condensation buildup.
  • Gear up your garage: If you plan to use your garage as a hobby space or other living area, you’ll want to use these winter insulation tips to keep it comfortable for the season. Use basic batt insulation on the door to keep the space warmer through the winter.

Get ready for winter

For more winter insulation tips, contact the experienced professionals at Rapids Plumbing & Heating Inc. Our experts are ready to help you prepare for the coming cold and get your HVAC and plumbing systems in top shape to keep you warm this winter. Reach us today at 218-326-0073.