Those who live in the coldest areas of the world know just how valuable insulation can be to their comfort and ease of living. To stay shivering in the cold is simply not an option for anyone living in the modern world where many solutions abound. If you’re experiencing uncomfortable cold in your home despite all your efforts, here are the most important investments you need:
Everyone knows that windows are designed to let light in as well as offer a view of the outside world. What most people aren’t aware of is that they also draw and keep heat in your home depending on the season. That’s because newer windows often feature double-glazed panes that allow heat inside your home and keep it there. Additionally, newer windows come with more secure seals that prevent heat from seeping out of your home. These crucial features help make sure your home is warm and comfortable all year long.
The same thing can be said for doors — although this is less obvious. Doors that are much older and made of wood tend to shrink over time. They allow some heat to escape, leaving you and your family feeling cold. The key to doors is to ensure they’re secure enough to allow no seams to form around the edges. This is a crucial balance to be made as you also don’t want it too tight a fit that you can’t open the door comfortably.
One of the biggest vulnerabilities of a home when it comes to insufficient heating is the roof. Warm air rises, and without reliable insulated roofing systems in place (even in patios), you risk experiencing a significant loss of heat. If there’s one thing to invest in, this is it.
Remember, however, the effectiveness of insulation systems depends on the materials you use. You can go for more affordable options like rolled insulation or go all the way up to top-of-the-line spray foam insulation, which has proven to be most effective as it covers every inch of the surface.
Another great option to go for is a modern heating system. Controlled by a thermostat and usually powered by a furnace or even electricity, these systems allow you to artificially control the heat in your home. What makes them most effective is that you can regulate the heat to what’s most comfortable to you and your family. Modern heating systems are even controllable via smartphone, so you can set it up well before you arrive at your home. Whichever you choose to get largely depends on the size of your home as well as your budget.
At the end of the day, it’s critical to ensure that your home is not letting any heat out. Without insulated windows or roof, for example, you will bleed off heat faster than you can generate it. If you don’t secure your home with passive systems like insulation, then no amount of modern, active heating systems will ever manage to keep you warm and comfortable.