How to Keep Your Home Warm for Guests
How to Keep Your Home Warm for Guests
November 15, 2019
The temperatures have finally dropped in the Dallas- Fort Worth area, the sidewalks are covered in brown and yellow leaves and Thanksgiving break is almost here! In just a couple more weeks, you will be sitting with your family, friends and guests and eating all kinds of delicious food.
However, to truly be comfortable you will need to make sure that your home is warm enough for you and your guests. You will need to set your thermostat to the right temperature, ensure your furnace is functioning properly, and your home is well-insulated and sealed. To help you out, the pros at DFW Thermal Solutions have prepared a list of ways you can keep your home warm for any guests coming over in the fall and winter.
1. Insulate Your Attic
We’ve said this a couple times before, but only because it is so important! The attic is the highest place in your home, which means there is a high likelihood of air escaping from there. In addition, a poorly insulated attic leads to a phenomenon called “the stacking effect.” This is caused by indoor air escaping through the top of your home and outdoor air being sucked in through the bottom. To make matters worse, a poorly insulated attic can lead to an increase in your heating and cooling bills.
To check if your attic is properly insulated, do a visual inspection. Look to see if the insulation material is covering the floor joists in your attic. If it is, the next thing you need to do is measure the R-Value. If you find your attic is poorly insulated, you will need a reliable insulation contractor to add attic insulation.
While you need a professional to insulate your attic, there is one measure you can take on your own. You can insulate the attic door with the help of an attic stairway cover that resembles a tent made of foil. It can be placed right behind your attic door and can even come with a zipper to allow easy access!
2. Seal Up
Any openings, gaps or cracks in your home that can easily be prevented should be sealed up. Here are some parts of your home you should consider sealing up!
The ductwork throughout your home is responsible for transferring heated or cooled air across your home. If there are any gaps or openings in your ducts, you run the risk of outside air entering your home and the worsening of indoor air quality. In addition, you can lose up to a hundred dollars in heating or cooling bills if you ignore these duct leaks. For duct sealing or inspections, get in touch with a professional—duct sealing can be a particularly dangerous task due to their risky locations.
- Windows and Doors
If there is any cracked caulking or deteriorated weatherstripping around your exterior doors, you will need to add caulking and replace the weatherstripping. Even if these gaps are small, they might be messing with the heating in your home.
3. Other Ways to Keep Warm
There are some other ways you can keep yourself and your guests warm during winter holiday months:
- Use Rugs
While the look of tiles and hardwood floors looks sleek and clean, rugs will keep you warm. Plus, they can style a room well.
- Change Your Filter
A clean filter can reduce your energy consumption, plus keep the air flow consistent throughout your home.
- Use Draft Stoppers
If the weatherstripping underneath your door isn’t enough, you can use a draft stopper. These simple gadgets look like tubes made of thick fabric that you can simply place in front of the gap underneath your door.
Blankets look wonderful on couches and beds and add to the comfy look of your home. If you want to make your guests feel comfortable, keep many blankets handy!
- Insulate Windows with Bubble Wrap
Yes, bubble wrap! It might sound unusual but there is no harm in giving it a shot. Check out this quick guide on how you can use bubble wrap to insulate your windows and keep the heat in!
Keep Warm with DFW Thermal!
With these effective ways to keep your household and your guests warm, we hope you have a nice and comfortable couple of days off from work! If you want to learn more on how you can improve your insulation to keep the heat in this winter, call DFW Thermal at 214-731-3115 or schedule an appointment online.