Areas In Your Home That Are Taking Up The Most Energy
If your house is "leaky," your energy bill will be exorbitant. Some areas of your house, such as windows and doors, are the usual suspects in heating and cooling leakage. However, you may not realize that other areas of your home may be taking up energy as well.
Windows and Doors
Poorly fitting windows and doors leak air, forcing your HVAC system to work overtime. The solution is to replace windows with low–E or argon gas filled windows. If your door has poor internal insulation, it will also leak an enormous amount of energy. Great Canadian, a company that does door installation in Calgary states that an energy efficient door will reduce your energy consumption. If you are going to change a door or a window, check with the local building department first. For example, a window replacement may need a building permit.
Electrical outlets are suspects in heat leakage. What happens is that insulation is removed from the backside of the walls near electrical boxes, but not replaced. You can sometimes feel the slight draft of cold air coming in during winter. This slight draft adds up to using energy. The cure is to ask an electrician to insulate around the electrical boxes. After the insulation is installed, you energy usage will go down.
Another suspect is the almost insignificant cracks around the house. One example of a crack is where the floor meets the wall. In most homes, this joint line is overlooked and never caulked. The solution is simple: Gently remove the baseboard molding, and insulate the floor/wall seam with caulk. Also, look for small cracks where the walls meet the ceiling, and caulk accordingly.
Another hidden suspect is soffit seams. If the seam lines between the soffits and exterior walls are not insulated, heat leakage occurs. Again, this area will use up energy due to air leakage from the small cracks. The solution is to install enough insulation so no air leakage occurs from the soffit area to the interior of the house.By now, you have an idea that windows and doors are not the only areas of heating and cooling leakage. Other hidden suspects, such as leakage around heating vents, contribute to excessive energy usage as well. Look around your house with a keen eye, and write down all the areas that need insulating. After you insulate, your bill should go way down.
About Savannah Coulsen
Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.