The Biggest Heat Loss Is Happening In Your Home Right Here
Fall is just around the corner. That means nights will be growing cooler, and eventually, you’ll turn on your furnace once again.
How energy efficient is your home? Are you increasingly paying for heat that flows outside quicker than it moves through your ventilation system?
Even if you have the best insulation, and it’s located in the appropriate places, your house still has heat loss issues. It’s still allowing some heat to escape.
And that’s costing you money.
Where are the biggest culprits?
According to the EPA, windows are responsible for 25 to 30 percent of the heat gain and heat loss impacting your home’s heating and cooling energy use. It starts with the window; if you haven’t replaced your windows in a while, there are higher efficiency windows that can really pack a punch. But you don’t have to sustain significant costs of replacement in order to see and feel a difference. With just a few supplies from the hardware store, you can see significant improvement. Caulking and weatherstripping products can help the heat stay on the correct side of the window.
You may have heard the phrase: heat rises. And in most cases, that’s true. As your furnace heats your home, the warm air will move towards the ceiling. That’s why we recommend ceiling fans to help turn that warm air back down to your living space. But in the case of crawlspaces, it doesn’t work quite the same way. Your crawlspace is often significantly cooler than your home. And because heat moves towards the cold, the air rapidly moves in that direction.
In much the same way as crawlspaces work, basements exist below ground level. If your basement is unfinished, it’s probably the coldest room in your home. That’s because it doesn’t have proper insulation, and the concrete floors and walls are bad insulators. Concrete has one of the worst R-factors around. If your main floor feels cold and you have an unfinished basement below, chances are you’re losing money as your conditioned air flows downward, trying to compensate.
What can you do?
Now is the time to prepare for the colder months that are coming. If you haven’t thought about how to better insulate your home from changing weather, we can help. Give us a call today.