Window Film Installation Wasilla AK
Mat-Su Home Builders Association
Certified Contractors Network (CCN)
Get your Home Ready for The Weather
Outlets along exterior walls are common draft locations.
It may be a New Year, but winter is still in full swing in most areas of the country. There is still much to be gained, or saved, from taking the necessary steps to weatherize the home against unwanted air flow, heat loss, and winter's general barrage of cold weather. Weatherizing the home can save up to 30% on energy bills, often to the tune of $300-$400, each year.
1. Home energy audit
There may be some rather obvious problem areas, usually revolving around windows and doors. Having a home energy audit performed -- or conducting your own -- will identify specific areas where weatherization is lacking and provide you with a substantial list of places to start.
2. Windows, doors, and other openings
Windows and doors are almost certainly weak spots in the home's overall weather seal. For starters, installing weatherstripping around all doors and windows is essential. On the exterior, caulk any and all gaps between windows and trim and between the trim and siding. Also caulk around any other openings, including water spigots, vents, meter boxes, gas pipes, etc.
Secondly, look into upgrading old, inefficient windows with new, Energy Star-rated models , especially those with low-e glazing. Apply glazing to glass panes (be sure to follow manufacturer's instructions) or install plastic window film over all windows, including basement windows and especially those facing north.
3. Electrical outlets