Heat loss is a big deal when it comes to how much money you’re spending on heating your home. It’s never fun when you get the bill after the first month of turning your heat on. Many people wonder if there are ways to keep that monthly expenditure down. There will always be small ways to do this that are inexpensive and easy, but they must be done repeatedly day after day to have an effect like closing and opening your curtains. Then you have the solution that is a bit more extensive and expensive than free energy from your arms. This type of solution is longer standing with better results.
The best way to reduce your heat loss is to insulate. The biggest culprit to heat loss is the ceiling. When you insulate your ceiling, you’re reducing the natural flow of air. This prevents the air from creating a current of heat transfer. It’s important to be vigilant to the cracks in between insulation though. Air Is thin and will slip into and out of any crack that it can. To be able to tell whether you have some leaks in your insulation, take a look at your roof on a frosty day and see if there are any spots that are bare from melting. This is an indication that there are some leaks in the insulation.
The flooring is another area where heat loss takes place. In older homes this tends to be more of a problem because then they didn’t insulate underneath the floors. In new homes they insulate them during the construction process. However, there are measures that can be taken for your flooring to be even better insulated. Updates for your flooring such as heated flooring underneath your tile or wood. If you’re not wanting to spend that much money and take on a project that extensive then there are less expensive ways to insulate your flooring. If you have wood or tile a good rug will do the trick. Carpet is a good insulator itself.
Doors and Windows
Windows and doors are common places where heat will escape from your home. Thankfully there is much that can be done about this. This is as cheap and simple as buying some caulking and a draught excluder. Go through your home and check the windows inside and outside to see if the caulking is cracking. Then it would be advantageous to remove it and reinstall it. This will help in making sure that no cold air is leaking in or warm air leaking out. Doors can tend to leave a little gap underneath them. This increases the typically heat loss that happens with doors.Energy Smart New Homes builds their homes in a way that is completely energy efficient and conducive to retain the heat in your home. We equip our homes with 6 inches of open-cell sprayed foam roof deck insulation and 3.5 inches of the open-cell sprayed foam in the exterior walls. This takes away a lot of where you lose your heat in the winter time. This type of insulation reduces the problem of air leakage. In addition to this we make sure to install double pane windows. This also helps in not allowing heat to escape your home. There is a complete list of what makes our homes high-performance homes on our site. Take a look at our home that not only look great but run amazing too.
By Energy Smart New Homes 12-6-2017