Air leaks to the outdoors can account for more than a quarter of the heat that your heating system generates in the winter. Considering the high cost of energy today, it makes no economic sense for you to devote your money and your home's energy to heat the neighborhood. Read on to find out what you should do to achieve better heating efficiency and cold-draft prevention.
Seal All Windows and Doors
Drafty doors and windows let cold air enter your home and downgrade your comfort, starting with your ground floor. For that reason, it's a good idea to begin your home inspection by checking the weather strips on all your doors and windows. Replace any weather stripping that appears to be worn out.
To help you detect drafts around windows and exterior doors, use this trick:
- Turn off your HVAC systems and fans to depressurize your home.
- Pass a smoldering incense stick around the doors and windows. Where there's a leak, the smoke stream will waver. Make sure you seal all the leaks that you discover.
Caulk Cracks and Gaps
Another effective way to stop air infiltration during the winter is to seal the visible gaps in your home's envelope. Plug up any open seams, holes, and cracks around your home's exterior with high-quality caulk or foam sealant. Also, repair any gaps in your home that you can spot sunlight shining through.
Poor insulation makes your house cold and drafty. The first place in your home you'll want to ensure has enough insulation is the attic. An attic floor that's properly insulated will prevent the heated air in your rooms from flowing upward into the attic. Consider calling in an HVAC professional to check for deteriorating attic insulation and making the necessary replacements.
Thick walls will also protect your home against the cold outdoor air. Therefore, consider adding insulation to your walls.
A home that's adequately sealed and insulated will help with draft prevention and allow you to save significantly on energy bills. For more information on sealing and insulating your home, please contact Sherlock Plumbing, Heating and Air. You can count on us to help you with any home-comfort issues in the San Diego area.