Do you feel a chill in the air while you’re sitting on your couch at home? If so, the bad news is that it probably isn’t in your head. Unfortunately, chilly air can easily enter your home during the coldest winter days here in Indianapolis, which makes your HVAC system run in overdrive.
The good news is, you can put a stop to cold drafts, but the trick is to find the source where energy is escaping the home. There are numerous places around your home that energy can escape, and these are the most common culprits:
1. Your Walls
You may not realize it, but a lot of heat can make its way through your walls—especially if they are uninsulated. Uninsulated walls reduce the effectiveness of the thermal envelope in your home, which is how your home creates a barrier to protect from energy loss. It includes the working components of your exterior, such as the roof, windows, and doors.
2. Your Windows
Speaking of your windows, this is another area where energy can easily escape your home. In fact, US consumers collectively lose over $30 billion per year on outdated windows. Typically, heat will escape through the sashes and the sides of the frame.
There are several ways to prevent energy loss from your windows. One option is to install new weatherstripping to help block out drafts. However, this is just a Band-Aid approach if your windows are old and outdated. The best way to increase the energy efficiency of your windows for good is to upgrade with new, efficient windows.
3. Your Doors
Similarly to windows, entry doors can also lose a lot of energy. While you can also install weatherstripping the same way as you would with your windows, upgrading to a new door with a polyurethane foam core will yield best results.
4. Your Roof
Your roof is one of the biggest sources of energy loss in your entire home. This is especially the case if your attic isn’t properly insulated. Your roof is responsible for approximately 25% of overall energy loss, as warm air rises, and makes it way out of poorly insulated attics.
5. Leaky Air Ducts
Another sneaky way that energy can escape from your home is through leaky air ducts. Although these ducts are responsible for carrying heat from your HVAC system and into the rooms of your home, they can leak air and cost you hundreds of extra dollars on your utility bills.
Energy Star recommends installing efficient and well-designed systems for even-air distribution. This will help keep warm air in the right place and your energy bills low this winter.
Learn more about how you can keep your home warmer this winter by contacting us today.