Get the most out of your home this winter with these insulation tips from your Heating & Cooling Specialists!
Some insulation systems do not entirely serve the purpose of keeping homes warm in the winter, and insulation products of the past are no guarantee that all pockets of air will ever be completely sealed. Attics and fireplaces are two major areas in a home that should be examined closely since excessive draft enters from the outside into both areas. Old window framework enables draft to enter inside as well. There are plenty of ways ensure whole house efficiency when it comes to insulation.
Identify Leak Locations and Bulk up the Insulation
Purchase an energy monitoring device so that you can first determine how much electricity you are actually using and then identify your home’s leaky locations. Consult with an HVAC expert to recommend the best winter insulation tips for your home. Many HVAC contractors provide home performance evaluations at no charge. They will pinpoint where the leaks are, and then begin to give you options on the best way to insulate compromised leaky areas.
You may have already found those pesky leaks by walking by the drafty areas but a little trick would be to test them by holding a tissue or other thin material to them. Point the tissue toward where you feel leaks are located such as window and door frames, and you will instinctively find where the leaky areas are. Mark the spaces with a pencil. Buy door sweeps and position them under exterior door spaces. Insert gaskets into wall electrical outlets to block cold air from entering your homes as well.
Attic and Roof Insulation
Check out ducts in attic and other spaces. Make sure they are fitted properly and are well insulated. You can lose up to 60 percent of heat before the heat actually reaches the vents if the ducts are not connected and properly insulated. Innovative spray foam does a better job of sealing off all leaky openings. Always consult with a professional who has the proper equipment and cameras to determine the strength of your duct work.
Replace single-pane windows with double-pane glass. Try installing super-insulated windows with triple panes consisting of argon between panes. Fit tight seals around the edges of the panes. This replacement window type provides a great deal of warmth if you experience really very cold winter seasons. You can also obtain a better choice of windows and a better thermal performance with triple pane windows that contain a mix of krypton, argon and air gas fitted between the panes. Window replacement is also something that you may not know your HVAC vendor can do for you. Be sure to ask when booking your free home performance evaluation.
Block Outside Leaks
Seal off outside leaks with the use of weather resistant caulking. Masonry sealer is the best insulation for brick areas of your home and is a hardy product that is not compromised by freezing and thawing winter weather. Do not overlook the smallest crack. Seal it to prevent the cold air from getting inside your home. Masonry sealer serves the purpose of also blocking insects from invading your home. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, be sure to consult with a professional.