The Ultimate Home Winterization Tool Kit

| 12/20/2017 1:58:00 PM

Tags: Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot, insulation,

Heating your home accounts for about 42 percent of your utility bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Therefore, it’s important to button up your home tightly when cold weather rolls in. Sealing cracks, damming drafts, and adding extra insulation will prevent that costly heat from escaping — saving you money and helping conserve our planet’s natural resources. Here’s a rundown of 10 tools that can help you effectively weatherize your home this season.

Fiberglass Insulation

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This should be the No. 1 tool in your winterization kit. Wrap fiberglass batt insulation around anything that stands still and gives off heat, like your water heater. If you’re using faced insulation, make sure the Kraft paper or foil moisture barrier is facing out. You should also add a few more layers in your attic to make sure you have the recommended R-value for your area. If you have gaps in your walls with little to no insulation, have some fiberglass insulation blown in. Drafts created by inefficient wall cavity insulation waste up to 30 percent of your home’s energy.


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This inexpensive tube is one of the most important tools in your arsenal. Use it to stop air from seeping through tiny gaps around your home, which can reduce your energy efficiency by up to 30 percent a year. Check window frames, gaps around chimneys, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets for air leaks, then seal them up with caulk. Make sure to use a fire-resistant caulk when sealing around fireplace chimneys, furnaces, and other high-temperature fixtures.

Foam Sealant

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12/31/2017 3:27:24 PM

Instead of the thin window kits. Use painter's plastic and tape to seal windows. Or if you dont need a view, bubble wrap is best.

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