In the summer, it’s easy to think of our homes as airtight. After all, it’s usually warm all the time. Then the weather turns cooler and, if you’re like many people who lower their thermostat during the day, you return home and feel a distinct chill in the air. What happened to all that warm air you left behind? And how do you reduce heating and cooling loss to keep your home comfortable and your energy bills under control?
At Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we often hear from many people who (pardon the pun) vent their frustration over these vexing questions. Fortunately, there are steps you can take reduce heating loss by focusing on those key areas where heat loss naturally occurs: windows, doors, the attic and basement. You’ll feel a big improvement right away if you:
- Scout for holes, cracks and air leaks around your home. Wait for a breezy day and hold a lighter against a suspected trouble spot. If you see the flame flicker, congratulate yourself. You’ve found an air leak. Seal it right away with caulk or weather stripping.
- Inspect the insulation in your attic and crawl space. It may be wanting. Let the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) help you choose the right type and amount of insulation for your home.
- Check the ducts in your home. If your home is like most others, you could be losing up to 20 percent of the heat you’re paying for through cracks in the ductwork. Use mastic tape to seal ducts and insulate exposed ducts. You don’t need anything fancy or expensive. Simply wrap an old blanket or some old socks around these ducts.
- Replace single-paned windows with energy efficient, thermal windows. Otherwise, install storm windows or cover your windows with plastic that comes in a kit.
When you reduce heating and cooling loss, it pays big dividends, but you may need a helping hand along the way. That’s when you should reach out to Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll take the chill out of your home and help put your heating bills on ice, guaranteed.
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By ScottsAir |
Posted in Energy Savings
Tags: air leaks, caulking, ductwork, heat loss, heating and cooling, insulation, orlando florida, sealing