Homeowners pay extra in heating bills every year due to heat loss in their homes. Therefore, it is essential to learn about the areas where your home is most likely losing heat and develop a solution to reduce the heat loss. One of the best ways to determine which areas of your home are causing significant heat loss is by having an expert come out and do an energy audit on your home.
Cracks in the windows, walls, and doors
The most common way your home loses heat is through cracks in your doors, windows, and walls. The best way to fight heat loss through cracks is by filling the gaps and using weather stripping around the windows and doors. It is important to note that the effect of weather stripping goes away over time, so it must be replaced every few years.
Basement walls and floors
If you have an unfinished basement, you are losing a significant amount of heat through the walls. The best way to correct this is by finishing the basement and insulating the walls with high-quality insulation. If the cost of completing the basement is too high, then you can reduce heat loss in an unfinished basement with blanket batts and rolls or foam board. While the walls in the basement are more likely to be a significant source of heat loss, the floors may also be a contributing factor. By installing a carpet or tile over the cement floors, you will help alleviate the heat loss in the basement.
Another common source of heat loss is through the framed walls. Many people assume that the framed walls are well insulated, but that may not be the case. It is best to bring out an expert to make this determination. If your home is not well insulated in the framed walls, you can have additional insulation blown in and avoid a major renovation.
Windows can be another source of extreme heat loss in your home. If your windows are older and it is time for a replacement, you will want to invest in Energy Star-rated windows. If you are not ready to replace the windows, adding storm windows can help reduce heat loss until you are prepared to replace the windows.
If you have an attic, there is a good chance your home is losing heat through the ceiling. Therefore, it is critical to have a well-insulated attic. The experts at King Insulation would be happy to evaluate the attic and recommend improvements to the insulation.
Similar to windows, if the doors in your home are older, they are most likely a significant source of heat loss. When replacing your doors, be sure to pick an Energy Star rated door. Try to avoid glass doors to the extent possible as they are not well insulated.
If you are interested in learning more about your home heat loss solutions, reach out to an expert at King Insulation today for a free consultation.