Keeping Warm for Christmas

Dec 13, 2013

The Christmas weather in Georgia is typically cold and damp. You are always happy to walk into a home that is cozy and warm, strip off all of your layers of jackets, gloves, and scarves, and wrap your hands around a hot cup of coffee or cocoa. While you are trying to keep your home comfortable and warm against the frigid outdoor temperatures, you are also paying exorbitant rates for your heating bill. Three Brothers Painting share important information on why it is essential to control the flow of air into and through your home, in addition to just controlling your heating bill.

The best homes are air tight, with great ventilation systems. When air “leaks” into your home – comes in through uncontrolled cracks, holes, or leaks – this is where you can either be loosing money on your heating or cooling bills, or introducing “bad” air into your home. It’s obvious how the leaked air can affect your energy bill, but the theory of “bad” air comes from a poor ventilation system that brings in fumes from the SUV in your garage, or the dead squirrel in your attic. The best air comes from the outdoors, through controlled ventilation.

Leaking WindowFilling in the Cracks

There are several things you can do to save your home from air both leaking in, and leaking out. Making sure that all of the cracks are filled and no air is escaping from the obvious spaces, is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to reduce your energy bill.

  • Weatherstripping – Make sure that all of the weatherstripping around your windows and doors is in good shape and sealing those areas when the windows and doors are closed.
  • Caulking – Over the years, caulking can crack and dry up. If you notice that the caulk is looking old, it’s time to repair it. To do it correctly, you must scrape out the old caulk and replace it with a new application.
  • Windows – Do you have windows that are not rated for energy efficiency, or even have one or two that are cracked from kids and life over the years? Simply replacing these windows is a great way to stop a lot of air leakage. The initial investment will be a little higher, but will pay for itself in the long run.
  • Cracked Drywall – Your drywall is one of the major barriers to air finding its way into your house. If you have drywall that has cracked or even has lots of holes from pictures, just filling those in can help stop some air leakage.

If you just read that list and thought of several areas in your home that could use some attention, we can help. Three Brothers Painting in Woodstock, GA offers caulking, drywall, and other small home repair services. Call us today to schedule an estimate for your home to cross these to-dos off of your list!

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