Heat loss is a surprising issue for many homes – even in Arizona.
For improving efficiency, increasing monetary savings, and helping the environment my personal favorite home improvement efforts are spent on preventing heat loss. Sure, some heat loss prevention methods may require a bit of an investment, but they will be worth their weight in gold when the utility bill comes. Here are some ways to ensure your home stays toasty warm this winter.
Air Seal Your Home
If you feel cold air coming in, there is bound to be heated air, and subsequently your hard earned money escaping from somewhere else. Air leaks, however, can often be tricky to locate. This is why we highly recommend having an insulation contracting firm that uses a “blower test” test your home. The blower creates a negative pressure causing air to come in through all the leaky points. Once properly identified, the leaks can then be sealed.
Insulate Your Attic
Heat – the thermal exchange between two objects – rises causing your heated air to escape through the roof. Older homes are especially vulnerable. Think of attic (or crawlspace) insulation as an extra layer of protection. Adding attic insulation is the single most cost-effective method for reducing your heating bills and ensuring your comfort. For the best results, look for insulation with a high R-value.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows provide your home with light, warmth, and ventilation but they can also negatively impact a home’s energy efficiency. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, twenty percent of a home’s heat loss can be accounted for by poorly insulated or single-pane windows. Double-paned windows showcase two panes of glass. The space between the two panes acts as insulation.
Weather Strip Your Windows and Doors
If double-paned windows aren’t in your budget, there is still something you can do to reduce the negative impacts of single-paned windows, as well as other drafty openings (i.e. doors and entrances). Simply placing cost-effective weather stripping and caulk around your windows and doorframes can significantly cut down on wasted energy. Always follow manufacture recommendations to ensure an air-tight fit.