If your home is losing heat, it can be impossible to keep things warm without incurring steep electric bills. Luckily, many sources of heat loss are relatively simple and affordable to identify and fix. Once you seal up the areas of your home where heat is escaping, you will notice your home stays much warmer and more comfortable, and that your utility bills are much more manageable. Here are six ways to prevent heat loss at home:
Repair Your Windows
If your house has old windows that are in a state of disrepair, it's time to get them repaired, pronto. Whether it's a crack in the glass, a small hole, or a loose window frame, having your windows professionally repaired is a must. Your repaired windows will not allow excess heat to escape or cold air to enter your home, keeping things toasty and your energy bills more manageable. If you are uncomfortable taking on a DIY window repair, contact a company that specializes in these kinds of repairs.
In addition, window repair will make your home more secure and less vulnerable to break-ins, and help keep unwanted pests like insects and mice from making their way indoors.
Add Weather Stripping Under Doors
An easy way to cut down on heat loss is to improve the weather stripping under all of your exterior doors. Without decent weather stripping, hot air will continuously escape underneath the doors. If your doors don't currently have rubber weather stripping, or the weather stripping is cracked, worn, or peeling away from the door, it's time to head to the hardware store. Luckily, adding weather stripping is a fairly simple and affordable DIY project.
Add Insulation to the Attic
Since warm air rises, if your attic is inadequately insulated you can lose a lot of heat through it. If you insulate your attic properly, on the other hand, the heat will be forced back down into your home, keeping things much warmer while using less energy. You can pay professionals to blow insulation into your attic, or save money by doing it yourself if you're willing to get a little dirty.
Don't Forget to Close Your Fireplace Damper
If you forget to close your fireplace when it's not in use, you are basically allowing a ton of warm air to escape through your chimney, while also allowing cold air inside. Get into the habit of closing the flue whenever you turn off the fireplace or your wood fire goes out. If you want to up the ante even more, you can purchase a fireplace balloon at any home improvement store or online. This simple device attaches to the inside of your chimney, sealing it and keeping warm air from escaping.
Check Your Outdoor Electrical Outlets
One frequently overlooked source of heat loss is your outdoor electrical outlets and boxes. These handy devices are frequently uninsulated, creating a way for your warm air to escape your home and giving cold air a way to get inside. Luckily, insulating your electrical boxes with spray caulk or foam is a simple and cheap home improvement project to tackle on your own.
Get An Annual Furnace Tune-up
Instead of waiting until your furnace stops working properly and having to potentially spend a lot of money on repairs or even a replacement, it's smart to have your furnace inspected and tuned up once a year. The furnace repairman will be able to detect any problems before they become more serious, and help ensure your furnace is running efficiently and not losing heat.
By being proactive in fighting heat loss, you will be providing your family with a cozier home all winter, while also saving money on long-term heating costs.Share
17 December 2015
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