For many, February means high energy bills and drafty homes. What many do not realize is that addressing these issues is often an easy and economical fix. Here are 5 ways that your home maybe loosing heat during the Winter and ways that you can fix the problem.
- Inefficient Windows
The Energy Information Administration estimates that a third of a typical home's heat loss is from windows and doors. You can see from red coloring in the photo, excessive heat radiating from this home’s interior.
Luckily, there are many options to reduce heat loss from windows without replacing them entirely. A couple DIY quick fixes include creating a thermal barrier between exterior and interior conditions by adding blinds or draperies or simply filling in the cracks with caulk or another sealant. A third option is window inserts. Manufacturers, such as Indow, have created acrylic window inserts edged with a patented compression tube. When pushed securely into place, it seals out cold winter drafts and hot summer air.
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- Poor Attic Ventilation
Because it is important for an attic to have a natural airflow, proper ventilation and insulation is often overlooked. Adding insulation baffles (also referred to as rafter vents) to the attic is needed to ensure airflow from outdoors without unwanted infiltration between the attic and the rest of the home.
- Chimney Heat Loss
While a fireplace can be a
great source of heat, an unused chimney can account for 70% of the heat loss in a room. Making a chimney balloon can be the perfect solution to a drafty chimney. This DIY project does exactly what you are thinking… it will fill up the space in your chimney, blocking air leaks.
- Ineffective Insulation
While most insulation has an extremely long lifetime, some types of insulation are far more efficient and easier to maintain than others. For example, loose-fill fiberglass is less expensive and cheaper to install, but it has a low R-value and is subject to moisture damage. On the other hand, some products such as ROXUL, is made of a non-directional stone wool fiber and has a high density, creating a high R-value, effective barrier against noise, and is extremely fire resistant and water repellant.
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- Thermal Bridging
Thermal bridging is the process by which a conductive material, such as studs and framing, allows heat to flow through walls and insulation. Unfortunately, most of the solutions to this problem are not simple DIY fixes. The best way to address thermal bridging is adding a layer of foam or insulation directly around the studs. If thermal bridging seems to be occurring more in a lesser used room of the house, try keeping the door closed and adding a draft excluders to the bottom of the door. This will at least isolate the problem.