Keeping your home cozy this winter
Weather forecasters are predicting another colder-than-normal winter in the Northwest. Here are some tips from Parr Lumber to help keep your home comfortable and your energy costs under control throughout the year.
Adding insulation to your attic, pipes, and other vulnerable areas is an excellent first step to reduce heat loss during the winter. Insulating is often an easy DIY project and can be completed quickly without the use of major tools. Whether you are adding fiberglass insulation or wrapping uncovered and exposed pipes with foam products, the experts at Parr Lumber have the knowledge and selection to help you through your project.
In addition to insulation, sealing air leaks around window and exterior penetrations with foam products or caulking is vital for preventing heat loss. According to the NAHB, 10 to 20 percent of a fuel bill is caused by unintended air infiltration. Check around your windows and the weather-stripping material under the bottom of your doors to ensure they form airtight and watertight seals and eliminate uncomfortable drafts. There are numerous adjustable thresholds, vinyl gaskets, and sealing solutions to ensure an airtight seal.
Taking the time to identify and upgrade trouble areas in your home will provide an incomparable boost in your energy efficiency while giving your home a beautiful, updated look. For more information on other winterization ideas, our knowledgeable sales staff will be happy to assist you. Please call or visit any of our locally-owned Parr Lumber locations.
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