Methods to Insulate a Cool New Home after a Wintertime Move to San Antonio

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

insulating after movingMoving to San Antonio in the winter could be a one of a kind adventure and if this is your first time, you will want to be well prepared for at least a handful of cold-weather predicaments. Combined with the typical challenges of making sure you have a clean driveway and sidewalks along with turning the heater up ahead of when the moving truck shows up, you may also realize that your new residence is less thermally insulated than the house you have moved from.

Insulation is something which is exceptionally tricky to evaluate when selecting and moving to a new home in San Antonio, no matter if you're leasing or purchasing. The pictures online simply don't show you precisely how toasty the spaces tend to be, and open houses are usually arranged to ensure the home is already warm when prospective new homeowners come in. You may not recognize until the initial couple of nights in the new house that this place contains wintry breezes, freezing floors, or simply doesn't maintain heat the way you expect.

On the plus side, this is a situation homeowners and tenants have actually been experiencing for centuries and there are several uncomplicated remedies for a home that tends to be nippy in the winter months. Today, we're here to aid by explaining the simplest methods to insulate your property, increase the efficiency of your heating system, and enjoy a comfortable wintertime after moving into your new home in San Antonio.

Big Thermal Draperies

Windows are the number one reason for cold drafts in the home. New double-paned storm windows are fantastic for keeping the winter weather out as well as the heat in, but anything else can cause the windows to become an annoying path for cold to enter your home. Single-pane home windows merely exchange the cold instantly, and the area around them will be noticeably cooler. Older double-paned home windows can permit cold air to leak through as the insulating seal has broken.

The solution? Halt that cold air with the help of thick thermal window treatments. Thick drapes of just about any style will help but expressly, thermal draperies are made to avert cold air in its tracks and keep it from escaping the frigid window panes. Your best bet is either draperies which fit snugly inside the window frame or draperies that go all the way to the floor.

Area Rugs and Bath Rugs

Hard floor surfaces are an additional source of cold in a new home and are certainly apparent when you're still laying out your furnishings. Stone, concrete floors, in addition to tile floors permits cold air to shift through them from the frosty ground underneath, setting up a undeniably cooling sensation beneath bare and sock-covered feet. Wood floors are a bit better for insulation, although freezing drafts underneath the doors could still sweep through the home creating freezing toes throughout.

The solution to nippy floors and floor-level breezes is area rugs. Especially for spaces floored with tile and stone, an area rug will add a comfortable coating of padding which will avert cold from ascending out of the floor whilst keeping your toes comfortable while you move throughout the area. Thick bath mats deliver an equivalent purpose in bathrooms and you may make use of utility area rugs which are straightforward to clean for cold kitchen floors and also out of doors patios.

Draft Stoppers

Cold breezes under doors can be a hassle regardless of what kind of flooring surfaces you have if the doors are high enough up. This could be extremely problematic when breezes move between your entrance hallway where cold gets in directly into the remaining portion of the residence. The solution to door drafts are long sock-shaped objects referred to as draft stoppers. You can easily create your own with a bit of DIY stitching and a variety of old socks, or you may buy them at the retail store for a very nominal cost. These essentially build a fluffy buffer below the door that swings conveniently with the door however stops chilly breezes from blowing through the home.

Open Each of the Vents

If one or two areas are especially nippy and you cannot understand why, check out the air vents. There is a possibility that the prior occupant might have closed certain vents in the house, preventing heat from entering into these spaces. Make certain all your vents in the house are open to supply even heating or, if there is an area you do not use, close that vent and utilize a draft stopper to conserve a little bit of HVAC money on heating that space.

Space Heaters

Finally, a few dwellings simply have an unequal heating profile. If 1 or 2 locations simply don't get sufficiently warm through the night or through the day, consider selective usage of a space heater. Space heaters are excellent and frequently very potent little units which can heat a specific room area. They'll ensure that your children don't shiver during the night, balance out cold window drafts, or they may be utilized to typically raise the temperature of your abode by putting them in central areas and doorways. It is important to never leave a space heater on if you leave the house or unattended overnight without an automatic thermostat/timed shutoff function and make sure to follow all manufacturer recommendations for safe use.


Sometimes, after moving to a new home in San Antonio, you find that it is colder than anticipated. The good news is, using these basic solutions you can quickly improve the insulation and draft resistance of your house and enjoy a comfortable winter in your new place in San Antonio.


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