During bitter cold Winter months, drafts and air leaks are exposed in your house. Unfortunately the heat you are creating to make it more comfortable is escaping at a rapid rate, causing energy costs to soar. In an effort to battle and bring affordable comfort to your home, find below the following 5 Tips to Reduce Heat Loss in Your Home.
This is the most obvious tip to provide, but a necessary one for sure. With kids and pets, the traffic in and out of the house can be quite intense. Be conscious of open doors or windows and close them tight as soon as possible. When open even a slight crack for whatever reason, heat and money is quickly departing your home and wallet. On a similar note, an often overlooked aspect is the use of bathroom and kitchen fans. They are blowing warm air out of your house at a rapid rate and should be used only as necessary.
Applying new weather stripping is a simple way to stop air flow around doors and windows. Like most of these tips, this one will help with home comfort throughout the year. Weather stripping around doors and windows can reduce energy needs by up to 25%.
Depending on the product used, it will have a limited life span. Check the condition of weather stripping seasonally and replace as required. Consult your local hardware or home improvement store for the product best suited for your specific needs.
During Winter months, days are shorter and sunlight at a premium. During the day, windows let in more radiant energy than gets out, so let the sun shine! Sunlight will naturally warm up your home during the day. However, at night, windows (especially single-glazed) can get very cold as outdoor temperatures drop. To prevent heat loss at night, lower blinds and/or close curtains to provide a layer of insulation to windows.
An easy and effective DIY project is the application of a window insulation kit. Plastic shrink film is applied to indoor window frames with double-sided tape. When heated with a hair dryer (as per instructions), the film shrinks, removing any wrinkles. Sunlight is still allowed to come in, your view remains intact, but cold and moisture are locked out. An added benefit is the prevention of window frost and condensation. This can reduce heat loss by up to 38%.
An often overlooked aspect of heat loss is your home’s attic insulation. Out of sight, out of mind.
According to the folks at Insta Insulation, a rule of thumb is if your attic insulation is less than R-30 (11 inches of rolled or batt insulation or 8 inches of blown cellulose insulation) you’re burning money to heat and cool your home. Depending on your budget, there are a number of options, including roll and batt insulation, blown-in insulation (such as cellulose), rigid foam insulation (great for hatches), and sprayed polyurethane foam insulation. There is more to attic insulation than just the product. Wind baffles along the eaves and proper ventilation is critical, to prevent the risk of moisture damage.
Do your research and talk to a qualified insulation contractor.