Insulate Your Fairbanks Home for Winter

With the summer season coming to a close, you may find yourself reminiscing on festivals, swimming at the lake, and desperately trying to keep cool in that bizarre heat wave we had. Here in Fairbanks, we only get a few months of warm weather per year, and the clock is ticking. Before you know it, the snow will start falling and you’ll be reaching for your winter coat and skis. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves! While the temperatures are still mild, it’s important to make sure your home is thoroughly prepared for the winter season. Get a head start this Labor Day weekend by inspecting your property and making sure your Fairbanks home is as insulated as possible.

Roof and Attic
The best option in a cold climate like Fairbanks is a cold roof. This type of roofing contains a continuous air vent between the roof insulation and the sheathing. A 2-inch air space is recommended to prevent the heat from inside of your home from escaping, therefore wasting energy.

Windows can be the culprit of significant heat loss in your Fairbanks home. Your home should have energy efficient, durable windows that fit seamlessly against your walls. If you can feel a draft, caulk the cracks or apply weather stripping to prevent warm air from leaking outside.

Basements in many older homes are not insulated by today’s standards. Rigid foam board and high-density spray-applied foam are good choices for insulating basement walls from the inside. Both are resistant to airflow and can tolerate small amounts of moisture. This means big savings on your energy bill!

By properly insulating your home this fall, you’ll be prepared once the temperature really starts to drop this winter. For a more detailed explanation on how to proactively insulate your home, the Alaska Craftsman Home Program is hosting a two-day intensive workshop for builders, designers, planners, and homeowners. The ACHP instructors teach techniques for maximum energy efficiency and conservation for homes in the Alaskan real estate market. Register for Advanced Cold Climate Fairbanks and reserve your spot today!If you have any questions about buying a home in Fairbanks or selling your home in Fairbanks, please reach out to us. At Madden Real Estate, our team of specialists is at your beck and call to ensure you have a positive and stress-free real estate transaction from start to finish.

Wes Madden, CEO/Broker
Madden Real Estate
(907) 452-3000 

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