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Unlike so many other parts of the US, winters in Orange County, California, do not mean things freeze over. However, the winter here is no pushover either, and if you expect to remain comfortable at home, the heater needs to run, and your home needs to insulate the heat produced efficiently.
Our experience shows that most homeowners are not prepared. Sure, the summer heat may have you longing for the winter, which is not too far along, but you can’t spend the entire winter cuddled up. So, the key to ensuring that your home is warm, regardless of the time of day, is to ensure that it is well insulated.
This article will examine what you should do to keep your house warm during the winter. The good news is that most of this isn’t hard to do.
Prepare your Home for Winter
The first step is to ensure that your home is ready before winter even sets in. Our advice is to call our team to inspect your home’s insulation. If the insulation is intact, keeping your home warm during the winter without wasting a lot of money on heating is going to be possible. If not, you can end up spending a lot more money on heating, especially since electricity prices have recently gone up in California state.
Our years of experience working on insulating homes and replacing existing insulation has taught us that updating the attic’s insulation before the winter will mean:
- You enjoy even temperatures throughout the home instead of having cold and hot spots.
- Your furnace will heat the home efficiently and adequately since heat loss is minimized.
- You’ll experience warm rooms with no drafts.
- There will be consistent warmth because the heat isn’t escaping through the top of your home.
Insulation Helps To Keep Everyone Healthy In Winter
We bet that one of the reasons why you want to keep your home warm during the winter is because the cold can make you sick. Winter and fall are best known for turning the landscape of Orange County and even California into a beautiful mosaic of red and green. However, it is also a season-best known as flu season, affecting even those who are diligent with their flu shots.
A well-insulated attic space will not only help you keep warm, but it also has the following benefits:
- Protects the quality of the air you breath indoors. This means no allergens and pollutants.
- It will ensure that your attic is pest free and thus free from contaminants that take root from their droppings.
- Reduces how much condensation is in the home.
- It does away with loose fibres floating around the home.
- Your home is free from asbestos and other materials.
- You don’t have to breathe mold spores in your home, which can cause flue like breathing problems.
If you have family members with asthma, people with a compromised immune system, or perhaps some other health concerns, replacing the insulation is the most critical step you can take to keep them healthy through the winter. Click here to know more about our indoor air quality service.
Check The Insulation Around Your Doors and Windows
Cold air is heavier than hot air, so you’ll notice cold air entering your home from under the door and through cracks in your window. If your windows and doors don’t offer a tight seal, your home is quite literally bleeding much-needed hot air.
While your attic may be fully insulated, it is just as essential to inspect all the air vents, doors and windows before winter. If gaps allow hot air to escape from the inside and cold air to enter, then those should be fixed immediately.
There is, after all, no point heating the home, only for cold air to continue entering, which leads to cold spots and inefficient heating. Plus, you’re going to have the exact opposite issue when summer sets in and you’re running and air conditioning.
Get Your Boiler Serviced
Finally, you need to ensure that your boiler is serviced before winter. This also goes for if you are using an electric or HVAC system. This will ensure that the system performs optimally.
The #1 reason why homeowners complain that their bills are high is because their heating system is pulling more energy than it should. That’s often caused by inadequate insulation, but if the insulation is intact, the next thing you’ll want to check is the heating system before winter sets in.
If you have an aging heating system, you might want to consider getting it replaced by something that’s more energy efficient. Not only will that mean you enjoy a warmer indoor space, but it will also lower energy bills.
Final Word About Keeping Your House Warm In Winter
Orange County may not be known for having a white Christmas; at best, it may rain a little in December and through the New Years’ celebrations. However, it does get cold, as you all know, so you’ll want to take steps to ensure your home can retain the heat your heating system generates.
An efficient heating system, coupled with a home that insulates the heat within it, is the key to saving money and enjoying a cozy winter. That said, now would be a good time to act as winter is just around the corner; waiting any longer could mean that our professionals may be too busy to respond immediately, and we’re usually not operational through the holiday season.
Have a question for us? Feel free to call us during business hours. You can also call to schedule an inspection of your home’s insulation before winter.
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