Reducing Heat Loss in Your Home

Energy Smart Homes has been in operation since 1991 and has constructed about 1000 affordable energy-saving homes in communities throughout Birmingham, Alabama. With our High-Performance Guarantee, you can trust that your energy-efficient home will save you money in monthly utility costs. We are proud to say that many of our subcontractors are still with us after more than 20 years and our main superintendent has 28 years of experience with our company.

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. An example would be closing and opening your curtains. Then you have solutions that are a bit more extensive and expensive than free energy from your arms. But this type of solution is long-standing and produces 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 in and out of any crack that it can. In order to tell if 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 caulk 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 typical heat loss that happens with doors.

Energy Smart New Homes builds their homes in a way that is completely energy efficient and conducive to retaining 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 open-cell spray foam in the exterior walls, conserving a lot of your heat in the wintertime. This type of insulation reduces the problem of air leakage. In addition to this, we make sure to install double pane windows which also helps in maintaining the heat in your home. On our site is a complete list of what makes our homes high-performance. Take a look at our available homes that not only look great but run amazingly as well.

By Energy Smart New Homes 3-18-2021