Best Tools and Tips to Heat Your Home in Winter (2021)
Your house has the airtight integrity of a submarine with a screen door. All the expensive heating you pay for during the fall and winter mixes with the cold air that constantly blows through windows, doors, floors, and electrical outlets. The buildings — even the newer ones — are more than one might expect, and the amount of cold winter air that can penetrate through the smallest cracks in the pinhole is significant.
There are ways to reduce this with some quick fixes. you potential purchase a thermal leak detector to find cool areas in your home, but before buying anything, take a brief look. You can get an idea if there are gaps in your door frames and baseboards and if you can feel the cold air rushing into the weather around your windows.
We’ve outlined a few things you can do to insulate your home and keep the air warm this winter. All of these projects are as accessible as anyone can do, and none of them cost a lot of money. With the savings on your electricity bill, they can even pay for themselves.
Updated November 2021: We replaced DAP caulk for GE caulk, added electrical socket plugs and another jacket to keep warm, and updated retailer availability and pricing.
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Remove the Caulking
More likely than not if you live in an apartment or an older house, there are gaps at that 90-degree angle where the baseboards of your wall meet your floor. These gaps may not look big, but the amount of cold air flowing through them and into your home is important. Check around the molding of the window frames for gaps as well.