Insulation and air sealing tips

  • Caulk and weather strip your doors and windows to help keep the warm or cool air you pay to heat/cool inside your home so you will save energy and money.
  • Caulking should be soft and without cracks for optimum performance.
  • Use trees, shrubs or awnings at your windows to shade from the outside to avoid the heat of the sun during the summer. In the winter, remove the awnings and trim the trees and shrubs to take advantage of the sun's rays to warm your home.
  • Use draft stoppers at doors and windows.
  • Improve your home's energy performance by having new energy-efficient windows professionally installed. You may realize personal benefits from improved aesthetics and comfort even though it may take years to pay off the financial investment in overall energy savings.
  • In the summer, close curtains on the south and west facing windows during the hottest part of the day. Consider applying sun-control or reflective film to prevent the intense summer heat from entering your home.
  • Reflect heat away from your house by installing white window shades, drapes or blinds.
  • Install tight-fitting window shades on drafty windows once you have weatherized them. For a low-cost measure, use heavy-duty, clear plastic sheets on the window frames during the winter. Tightly sealed plastic will reduce air infiltration.
  • Get an energy analysis. Find out where the common sources of air leaks are within your home.
  • Make sure you have adequate insulation in your home.
  • Close fireplace dampers when the fireplace is not in use.
  • In the summer, use the ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction. While standing directly under the ceiling fan you should feel a cool breeze. The airflow produced creates a wind-chill effect, making you "feel" cooler. In the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space.