Three Ways to Keep the Heat in Your Parents' Home When They Struggle With Home Upkeep

Three Ways to Keep the Heat in Your Parents' Home When They Struggle With Home Upkeep
Heating season is on its way. When money's tight, which is common on a fixed retirement income, keeping bills low is essential. Older homes are notorious for losing heat through drafts and lack of modern insulation. Keep the heat inside where it belongs. Here are ways to keep the heat within your parents' home.

Place Insulating Plastic Over Windows and Unused Doors

Many manufacturers make insulating plastic that affixes to a window or door frame using two-sided tape. The plastic shrinks using a blow dryer to form a tight seal that keeps drafts out. Insulated window film installs in no more than 10 minutes, so you can take care of your parents entire home in an afternoon.

Look for these kits at hardware stores, mass merchandise retailers like Target, and home improvement stores. Many of the kits take care of multiple windows for less than $20.

Use Draft Stoppers

If you don't have time to install new weatherstripping and door sweeps, a draft stopper can take care of drafts coming from the bottom of a door. These stoppers are usually a durable fabric filled with sand to keep them tight against the bottom of the door.

Find draft stoppers in many retailers. If you're feeling handy, you can make your own using old socks that are sewn together around a foam tube. If you have jeans that no longer fit, the leg of jeans filled with sand or foam peanuts also helps.

Seal Gaps and Cracks Outside the Home

Before it gets too cold, check the foundation and siding for cracks and gaps. Pay close attention to areas where cables or pipes enter the home. If there are gaps, use silicone to seal them up. Expanding foam is helpful for wider gaps. Not only will this keep drafts out, but it also keeps out insects and rodents.

Even with these measures helping keep the cold air out, someone needs to check on your parents. In recent years, there have been several tragic deaths of the elderly on bitter cold winter days. If you can't check on your mom and dad, hire an elderly care professional who can.

Elderly care professionals stop by at your preferred schedule and make sure your parents are okay. Caregivers help with meal preparation and light housework. They offer companionship. If something seems wrong with the heating system, caregivers can alert you or the proper authorities to make sure your mom and dad are warm. Call today to discuss services and pricing.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Salt Lake City, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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