The cost of heating your home in the winter can be quite the budget-buster, and even more so if your home isn’t energy efficient. Consider the following steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency and reduce heat loss to the outside:
- Check the age of the ductwork: Old ductwork, or ductwork that wasn’t designed or installed properly, can result in significant heat loss, both through air leaks and conduction through uninsulated duct sections. Find the leaks and seal them with mastic sealant and/or high-quality metal tape. Your HVAC professional can inspect your ducts and handle this fix for you.
- Check for missing or inadequate insulation. You can do this yourself in some parts of your home where the insulation is visible. This includes the attic, the place in your house where insulation plays the biggest role in slowing heat loss from the floors below and through the roof. An HVAC specialist can inspect your whole home for proper insulation.
- Ensure all windows and doors are properly sealed with caulk or weatherstripping. Inspect the exterior of hour home for holes and cracks, especially where the foundation meets the walls and spots where plumbing and wiring enter your home. These can be sealed with caulk or spray foam.
- Do not close vents in more than one or two unused rooms. This can actually create pressure imbalances and duct leaks that force your heating system to work harder to reach the thermostat temperature.
These are simple steps anyone can take to prevent heat loss in their household. Ernst Heating and Cooling, serving Glen Carbon, Greenville, Alton and other communities in the Metro-East, provides expert service for all your HVAC needs. Contact us today and stop losing valuable heat at the time you need it most.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Alton, Glen Carbon, Highland, Greenville, and Troy, Illinois and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about preventing heat loss and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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