Maintain and Keep in the Heat

These days of frigid cold, it becomes more important and financially significant to do as much as you can to keep the heat in the house. Weatherproofing is the answer and there are many things the do-it-yourselfer can do. Some are easy, some require a little more effort. Most of our time is spent servicing our heating systems. That doesn’t help if the heat it produces leaves the house. We generally ignore the easy things like leaky doors and windows. And the attention you give to these things can reap a rich reward from a small investment.

Let’s start with doors and windows. Why? Because a significant energy loss occurs through leaks. I suggest you start outside. Pay attention to where different materials are joined. For example, look at where siding meets the window frames. Usually, there is caulking at these joints but caulking dries up and cracks after a while. One of the easiest things you can do is go around to all the windows – start with the ground floor first – and recaulk them. You need a ladder to access the whole window. Get a caulking gun. It doesn’t cost much to caulk and it doesn’t take much skill to do it. Any homeowner is capable. It’s one step more difficult and needs more safety consideration to the upper floor(s). First, you need a long ladder. Ask yourself if you are capable of climbing and working up high. Some people just don’t have the balance to do it. Some just don’t want to take the risk. In that case get help. If that doesn’t work for you, you can accomplish a significant amount upstairs by doing the caulking inside. Besides being safer, in the cold weather, it’s more pleasant. On a cold day, you can easily feel where the cold air is coming in and remedy the situation. I might also suggest that if your house doesn’t have storm windows, you consider installing them. Unless you have the time and are handy, I advise getting professionals to do it.

Leaky doors usually result from poor or missing weatherstripping on the top and bottom of the doors. Doors are opened and closed frequently so the weatherstripping gets worn down. This is another place where, on a cold day, you can actually feel the air coming in. If you don’t want the trouble of removing the doors, which you need to do. There are padded leak stoppers that can be placed against the door on the floor when they are closed. It can be annoying, but at least at night when the cold is the worst and the doors remain closed, it plugs up the leaks and can result in significant savings.

After plugging the leaks, if you want to do more, consider taking an insulation survey. I would begin in the attic where the most heat is lost. For the attic, particularly if it isn’t used as storage, I would bet fiberglass insulation. You just lay it on the floor of the attic. Fiberglass insulation is rated. Ask your supplier what R rating you need for your situation. Insulating the attic is well worth the trouble and expense.

How To Clean Your Door and Window Screens Properly

No matter how much we try to prevent it, dust and dirt will always be present in our homes. If you fail to clean your residence, you can expect these harmful elements to accumulate to your detriment. Once this happens, your health will be exposed to a wide range of diseases and ailments. That’s why you need to invest an ample time and effort in keeping your house clean. You have to go and get rid of all the dirt you see in every area of your beloved home. One of the many tasks you need to do is ensure your screen door and windows are clean.

The use of screens in your doors and windows are a great way to improve airflow into your house. These screens allow the passage of air for better ventilation while keeping dust and dirt from entering your lungs. At the same time, the presence of screens can also filter out these harmful elements and prevent them from affecting your belongings.screen door cleaning

Before you start cleaning the screens, you will need a screwdriver to take out your screens. You will also need large towels, multi-purpose cleaning products, and a vacuum machine. Of course, you’ll also need an area with no obstruction to better clean the screens.

First and foremost, take your screwdriver to take the screens out. Keep in mind where’ll place those screws because they can be easily lost. It’s recommended to keep them in a small plastic container and out of reach from children. After you have taken the screens out of your door and windows, bring them to an area where no one will be affected by this task.

Now, get those towels, lay them on the ground, and place the dirty screens on top of them. Turn on the vacuum machine to suck all of the visible dirt and dust stuck in them. The towels will help prevent these harmful elements from spreading and keep them concentrated in one area.

Next, get a basin and pour around ¼ of a cup filled with a multi-purpose cleaning product. Afterward, fill the basin with water until the mixture feels soapy enough for your preferences. Keep in mind to mix the whole thing up so the cleaning product will properly combine with the water. Otherwise, you won’t be able to clean your screens well.

Get your hose and wash the screens first with water to eliminate any remaining dirt and dust. Set your hose nozzle at a medium setting to prevent destroying your screens. If you set it at a powerful setting, the fragile construction of the screens will give way to your hose’s water pressure.

Once the screens are wet, you can dip a sponge or microfiber cloth into the soap mixture. Use this sponge or cloth to wash off your screens and bring them back to their original condition. Again, be careful when you perform this step because of your screen’s delicate nature. One wrong move and you might punch a hole in it. It’s better to use a soft stroke as you clean every inch of these screens.

When you are done washing them with soap, you can start rinsing the screens with your hose. Again, use a medium setting to wash the soap away from your screens. Use a different towel or piece of cloth to dry off your screens. Leave them in a place where they can dry under the sun.

Before you reinstall them, take your vacuum out again and use it on your screens one last time. This should be done to eliminate any trace of dust that got stuck while you left the screens to dry. Find those screws and attach the screens to its corresponding doors and windows. After you have reinstalled them, you’re as good as done.