How to Insulate a Cold New Home following a Cold Weather Move to Tulsa

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

insulating after movingMoving to Tulsa in the winter may be a unique adventure in case this is your initial time, you need to get ready for at least a handful of cold-weather surprises. Combined with the general struggles of making sure you have a clear driveway and sidewalks as well as turning the furnace up ahead of when the moving truck arrives, you may also discover that your new home is less thermally insulated than the house you just moved out of.

Insulation is one thing that is exceptionally challenging to check when choosing and moving to a new home in Tulsa, no matter if you're leasing or buying. The pictures online plainly won't tell you exactly how warm the spaces are, and open houses are generally set up to ensure the house is already toasty when prospective new home buyers come in. You might not recognize until the initial few nights in the new home that this place possesses freezing breezes, wicked cold flooring, or merely does not retain warmth the way you expect.

Fortunately, this is a predicament homeowners and renters have actually been contending with for hundreds of years and you will find numerous easy solutions for a house that is frequently frigid during the winter. Today, we are here to assist by explaining the simplest strategies to insulate your house, increase the effectiveness of your heating system, and enjoy a comfy winter after moving into your new home in Tulsa.

Big Thermal Draperies

Windows are the primary grounds for chilly breezes in a home. New double-paned storm windows are perfect for keeping the frigid weather out as well as the warmth in, but anything different can lead to the windows to become an unpleasant method for cold air to enter your abode. Single-pane glass windows basically transfer the chilly air directly, and the area around them will undoubtedly be substantially colder. Older double-paned home windows may allow freezing air to leak through as the insulating seal has broken.

The answer? Prevent that chilly air using heavy thermal window treatments. Big draperies of virtually any sort of design should help but expressly, thermal draperies are intended to stop chilly air in its tracks whilst keeping it from escaping the chilly window panes. The best choice is either drapes which fit neatly inside the window frame or drapes which go all the way to the floor.

Rugs and Bathroom Mats

Hard floor surfaces are a different cause of cold in a new home and tend to be especially noticeable when you're still putting together your home furnishings. Natural stone, concrete floors, in addition to tile floor coverings allows cold air to move through them from the frigid ground beneath, setting up a undeniably chilling sensation below bare and sock-covered feet. Hardwood floors are a bit better for insulation, although nippy drafts underneath the doors can still sweep through the home causing freezing toes throughout.

The response to cold floors and floor-level drafts is area rugs. Specifically for areas floored with tile and stone, a rug will add a fluffy layer of insulation that can hinder chilly air from rising out of the floor whilst keeping your toes comfortable while you stroll around the area. Cozy bath mats offer the same function in bathrooms and you can make use of utility mats that are easy to clean for cold kitchen floors and outdoor decks.

Draft Stoppers

Cold breezes underneath doors can generate problems regardless of what type of flooring surfaces you have if the doors are high enough off the ground. This is often particularly precarious whenever drafts go between your entrance hall where cold air gets in to the rest of the residence. The solution to door drafts are long sock-shaped pieces known as draft stoppers. It is possible to create your own with just a little do-it-yourself sewing along with a collection of old socks, or you can purchase them at the store for a very nominal charge. These essentially produce a cushioned buffer underneath the door that swings easily with the door but prevents chilly drafts from blowing through the home.

Open All the Vents

If a couple of spaces are particularly cold and you can't figure out why, look at the vents. There's a probability that the previous resident may have closed specific vents in the home, keeping central heating from entering into these spaces. Make sure all of the vents in the house are open to supply consistent warmth or, should there be a room you don't utilize, shut that vent and utilize a draft stopper to save a little bit of HVAC money on heating that area.

Space Heaters

Finally, a few dwellings merely have an uneven heating profile. If a couple of locations simply don't get adequately warm during the night or during the day, consider careful utilization of a space heater. Space heaters are excellent and often very powerful little devices which can warm up a particular room area. They'll ensure your little ones don't shiver through the night, balance out frigid window drafts, or they are often employed to generally raise the temperature of your home by placing them in key spots and doorways. It is important to never leave a space heater on when you leave the house or unwatched overnight without an automatic thermostat/timed shutoff feature and make sure to follow all manufacturer recommendations for safe use.


From time to time, after moving to a new home in Tulsa, you discover that it's colder than expected. The good news is, using these basic alternatives you can readily boost the insulation and draft resistance of your abode and savor a cozy winter in your new place in Tulsa.


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