It’s that time of year where many homeowners have their heaters cranked to help fight off the chill in the air. What many homeowners may be noticing is that no matter how many times they turn up the heat, the house never seems to be warm enough. This could be because there are some poorly insulated areas in your home. It could be a draft in the basement or windows that aren’t properly closing that is allowing the warm air to escape. These small drafts can end up costing homeowners a lot when their next heating bill arrives.
To determine how much of your heat is escaping your home, you may want to hire a home energy auditor. These professionals will show up at your home armed with an infrared camera to help you locate poorly insulated areas in your home. Although a professional will provide you with an in depth report of where all of your heat is going, you can also accomplish the process on your own. Simply walk through your home and check each problem area for drafts. Below are some of the most common areas that allow heat to escape.
- Doors – It is common to lose a small amount of heat through the doors in your home each time you open them to leave the house. But it is not acceptable for heat to be escaping from around the area of the door when it is closed. To stop these drafts and keep more of your valuable heat inside your home, you can simply replace the door seals or add some weather stripping to the frame. These are both easy procedures and can be done in a short amount of time.
- Windows – Heat can escape from windows through the glass and around the casements and trim of the windows. It is estimated that a third of a home’s heat is lost through windows and doors. To keep more heat in your home you may want to invest in insulated blinds or curtains that can help keep the heat from escaping. There are also easy to use window film kits that are designed to weatherproof windows.
- Fireplaces – Since warm air tends to travel up, it is not uncommon for fireplaces to be a major culprit in heat loss. When using a wood burning fireplace, more heat is lost through the chimney than the amount that stays inside the home. If you are not currently using your fireplace you should ensure that the metal dampers are closed. If you have a fireplace in your home that is never used, you should have it plugged and the flue sealed.
These are some of the most problematic areas of the home. If you tend to these areas you should begin to notice that your home is staying warmer and you are not constantly adjusting the thermostat.