When it’s cold outside, a homeowner will go to great lengths to ensure that the cold stays outside, and the warmth stays inside! With frigid cold temps outside, the cost of heating a home can be very expensive during the winter months. The cost of heating a home is both an issue of energy efficiency for the well-being of our planet, as well as with the expenses it costs the homeowner to keep their home heated. Listed below is some advice on helping to keep the costs down by sealing air leaks in your home:
- Since warm air rises and cold air sinks, places like basements need proper insulation. It’s important to ensure that the warm air you’re paying for isn’t escaping between the cement framing of the basement, and the wood framing above. Make sure that there is proper insulation in place to keep the warm air from escaping. The same goes for air leaks leading up into the attic. Add insulation and caulking wherever it is needed in these leaks.
- A common place for air leaks is alongside doorways and window frames. To help fix this problem, be sure to properly caulk the sealing alongside the windows and doors. Replacing any damaged door trims will also help to reduce the intake of cold air from underneath the door. If this still results in air leaks, you can buy a door blocker, or roll towels lengthwise and place them at the base of the door to block the flow of air.
- Windows are also a common way that homes lose heat. You can reduce air leakage through windows by updating any broken, cracked or outdated windows that aren’t guaranteed energy efficiency. There are also packs that you can buy at home repair stores that will reinforce the window panes with a film to reduce the air flow.
- Vents that come in and out of the house, whether it is for plumbing or part of the HVAC system, can also cause air leaks. Pack the insulation around these areas to limit the amount of escaped air.
- Lighting fixtures, especially recessed lights, can also be a cause of leaking air. Make sure to check that they are properly insulated, as well as properly installed.
In addition to working on sealing the air leaks in your home, remember to keep these other tips in mind when it comes to the upkeep of the heating system in your home:
- Have yearly tune-ups done on your furnace to ensure that the heating unit is working efficiently, and to the very best of its ability.
- Replace the heating filter every couple of months to ensure that there is clean, adequate air flow, and to keep it working properly.
- Clean out the heating and cooling vents in your home. You can do this a few times a year with your vacuum, but hiring a professional to do an occasional deep cleaning on it is also a good idea.
- Be sure to have a properly working carbon monoxide detector that is tested regularly for the health and safety of your family.