EUGENE, Ore. — As the temperatures fall in the winter one thing tends to go up, the electric bill. If you plan ahead there are plenty of affordable options to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
The first step is to check potential products for an R value, which is a measure of its thermal resistance; but, how do you know which products to look for?
“Doors and window are the biggest gaps in any home. So anywhere you can stop, trap the hot air from going out and cold air from coming in, windows and doors are the biggest ones,” said Andrew Fisher.
Fisher says if you notice air coming in under your door, there’s a simple solution.
“We have rubber thresholds to stop air coming through the bottom; just screw it in,” Fisher said.
If the problem is gaps around windows, then insulation works best; it comes in a variety of sizes and applications.
“We have rubber, foam rubber, EPDM rubber, are the main ones that we have,” Fisher said.
Foam insulation is the least expensive; it’s easily to install at the bottom of doors or around windows.
One thing you might not think about are the small cracks, but there is a spray-on product for that.
“Insulating foam that expands to fit, gaps and cracks,” Fisher said.
For entire rooms, reflective insulation is your best investment; it’s similar to a bat of regular insulation and goes in the same way, but provides more protection from the cold.
“What you are doing with that is reflecting heat away from stuff, trapping it in there,” Fisher said.
Some little tips to help you save big this winter. You can find more information on how to weatherize your home by clicking here.