Heating your home this winter doesn't have to be expensive in terms of money or energy efficiency. Take some time in the coming weeks to do a run-through of your house, determining areas that may need a change or two before the first snowfall. If you're not sure where to start, keep the following three tips in mind:
- Check holes inside of exterior walls: Whether a home is on the older side or has just been constructed, checking holes that allow pipe lines, electrical cables and other lines to enter the homes is a great way ensure heat isn't lost. These are often sealed with caulking, which can crack and peel with time if left untreated.
- Insulate: The insulation inside your home is the last barrier between the outside elements and what can be felt when inside. By ensuring insulation is in top shape and hasn't disintegrated, heat can be better maintained. While checking insulation, take some time to check ductwork, plumbing and other places where heat can be lost through nearby.
- Weatherstripping: Often, homeowners go right for doorways or windows for replacement, but this may be unnecessary and expensive. Instead, homeowners should first look at the weatherstripping around these doors and windows. According to Popular Mechanics, worn or torn weatherstripping causes seven-12 percent of heat loss in homes.
By conserving the heat in your home, the energy efficiency can be increased. Many homeowners can see a return on investment within months. To learn more about energy efficiency or to schedule an energy audit with Alban Inspections, visit our website.