Is your home losing heat over the winter? If your energy bills start going up, or you find it takes your home a lot longer to heat than usual, it's time to make sure that you're properly protected against heat loss. Read on to learn about the top areas that we've found where heat escapes in a house.
Missing Attic Insulation
Heat rises, and that means your attic insulation is particularly important in keeping heat inside your home. Missing insulation and damage from pests can cause gaps in attic insulation. The good news is that if you see any bare boards or obvious cracks in your insulation, it's relatively easy to repair by arranging for additional insulation. However, make sure that no attic vents get closed in the process since this ventilation is essential.
Around the doors and windows of your house, there are felt strips called weather-stripping. These strips prevent drafts from coming inside and heat escaping. Over the years that felt can wear down because of frequent use. If it grows bare, then air will start leaking out of your home, which can be responsible for a significant amount of heat loss (especially around doors). Check your weather-stripping and make sure it is intact. Replace it if necessary.
Through Pipes and Boilers
A lot of hot water lingers in boilers and moves through pipes in your home. While this heat doesn't raise the temperature, it is responsible for a lot of energy loss if it escapes through cold pipes, raising your energy bills and making it harder to heat water. You can prevent much of this heat loss by wrapping insulation around vulnerable pipes. Also, remember that the more energy efficient your boiler is, the more heat you will save!
Homes that have fireplaces open to outside air have dampers, which control the flow of that air down the chimney. If dampers get stuck or are left open when the fireplace is turned off, that's a constant leak of air that can move a lot of heat. Make sure your damper moves smoothly and is fully closed when the fireplace is not in use.
When your furnace heats air and moves it throughout the house, it pushes that air through ductwork. However, if that ductwork is cracked or has gaps (or even missing sections), it continually loses energy that your furnace just put it, and such mistakes should be repaired when found. It may be time to take a flashlight to the crawlspaces and see if you notice any problems.
Questions about your HVAC unit? Give us a call today at Kimbro Air to learn how we can help. And don't forget to check out our other blog posts to learn more about saving heat in winter!