Alban Home Inspection Service

Winter Workout

Calculating Energy Costs
of Heating Water

Ask the Inspector
The winter chill has arrived. It's not too late to tend to a home's seasonal needs.

Using binoculars, inspect the roof for damaged, loose, and missing shingles.

Check the flashing around roof stacks, vents, skylights, and chimneys for possible sources of leakage.

Drain exterior water lines, hose bibbs, sprinklers, and pool equipment. Do not leave hoses connected to bibbs.

Look for leaking, misaligned, or damaged gutters, downspouts. hangers, gutter guards, and strainers. Clean the gutters after all the leaves have fallen.

Cutback any tree limbs and shrubbery touching the home's exterior

Check all doors and windows for proper caulking and weather-stripping.

Schedule annual service for the heating system.
There is a simple calculation to determine the amount spent to heat a home's water. Divide the total energy bill by seven. The result is the amount spent to heat water. With separate utility bills for gas and electricity, use the gas bill for this calculation if you have a gas water heater; use the electric bill if you have an electric water heater. Of course, you may think this cost is a small price to pay for the convenience of a hot shower. But during the course of a year, expenses add up.  And when you consider that 95 million households in this country pay the same percentage, it's easy to see how much money - and energy - is used to heat water Future issues of this newsletter will discuss ways to reduce the cost of heating a home's water.

Alban Home Inspection Service conducts all home inspections in accordance with
the Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors.


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Can a clothes dryer be vented into a crawl space?

The dryer should be vented to the outside.   If you exhaust damp air into a crawl space, it can cause mildew and rotting wood.   It's alright to run the duct pipe through the crawl space, but it should end outside and be no more than 15 feet long.

Note: This newsletter is for informational purposes only. When getting involved with a project, please work within your ability. If you need help with a contractor or with any other home-related issue, please contact Alban Home Inspection Service with any questions. Thank You.