It is incredibly frustrating when you expect to come home to a warm house, but you find it drafty and chillier than desired. Letting the warm air escape your home will not only make it less comfortable, but it will wreak havoc on your utility bills, making your HVAC system run less efficiently. With proper winter insulation in the right places, you can turn that around.
Doors and windows are two of the biggest culprits with heat loss. The advice here is to install weatherstripping. With weatherstripping around the edges of windows and bottoms of doors, it will keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside. Any spot that has a lack of weatherstripping, or previous weatherstripping that has worn down, it is time to replace.
Other small spaces that allow air to leak include those spots on the wall with outlets or electrical switches. The space may appear small, but over time they will allow a drastic amount of heat loss. Sealing those areas can be a simple DIY project that will end up saving you in the long run.
Old vents or ductwork will also open up your house to the outdoor temperatures if left unprotected. Losing air through the ducts before it reaches your living room will influence your heating. Protecting your ductwork could seem like a colossal task, but there are ways that you can do that project on your own with ductwork insulation.
Of course, then there’s that vast space at the top of your home. Hot air rises, and if your attic can’t trap that heat in your home, it will cost you. The attic still needs a proper amount of ventilation to prevent condensation buildup, but there are ways that homeowners can seal up small cracks with foam insulation.
Finding your basement colder than usual can also mean poor insulation. Seal the rims joists will stop that loss of warmth and energy. With the right tools and materials, you could tackle this project on your own. Otherwise, a professional can be called to take all the measurements, provide all the materials, and do the installation.
Stop losing heat and money this winter by investing in the best insulation possible for the areas of your home that need it the most. You will quickly notice the difference, both in comfort and in the savings on your energy bills. If you need help with the insulation in your home, call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.