When the dead of winter starts setting in, the ability to maintain heat between your home or cabin walls can become a bit of a challenge. Sub-freezing and negative temperatures seem to draw the warmth out of your home at such a rapid pace that battling it becomes difficult.
Making sure that your house is prepared before winter hits is a great way to get a head start on winter, but often times it can be hard to recognize drafty and compromised areas before it is too late. Fortunately, once you know what to look for, most of the problems can be dealt with in relatively easy and cost effective ways – right in the middle of frigid temps. It’s never too late to start winterizing your cabin, so here are some of the main causes of heat and energy loss that everyone should monitor.
A lot of heat and energy can be lost through drafty windows, so making sure that they are sealed up tight is a major step to winterizing your cabin. If a quick fix is your goal, the easiest way to block drafts is to strip pre-existing caulk and refinish the seals around each window. Once dry, head to your local hardware store and purchase heat-shrinking plastic wrap with double-sided tape to cover openings and act as a barrier between the window and your room. Take advantage of sunlight that naturally heats your home during the day, but before you go to bed, make sure to close all blinds and drapes to keep frigid temperatures from permeating through window panes.
Since many older homes have single pane windows or windows that are not Energy Star rated, you can also replace the windows in your home or purchase storm windows to add an extra barrier. If you plan on purchasing new windows, make sure they have a low E coating designed for use in northern states. The coating acts as a double-sided reflective barrier, reflecting sun and warmth in during the day and keeping the cold out during winter months. As a cheaper and less time-consuming method, do some research into proper storm windows. They are typically compression fit to eliminate drafts and will not block your existing windows from sight.