Even the world’s greatest heating system wasn’t designed to heat the great outdoors. And yet, in home after home throughout the Boston area, that’s exactly what’s going on as heat escapes through and around windows, doors, attic insulation, and other avenues.
To help prevent heat loss while bringing down your home heating costs, we recommend the following preventive measures:
- Attic Insulation – Since we all know that heat rises, it’s not surprising to learn that heat not only can rise into your attic, but can keep on going until it exits through your roof. When was the last time you inspected your insulation or had a professional do it for you? Can’t recall? Then it’s a good bet heat loss is occurring above you, and that your insulation either needs to be enhanced or replaced.
- Window and Door Insulation – When the outdoor temperature dips below freezing, you don’t need an expert to determine that heat may be escaping through or around windows and doors. You can readily feel the drafts for yourself. What can a careful homeowner do? Replacing or beefing up window caulking or weather stripping around outside-facing doors can go a long way toward blocking heat loss.
- Wall Insulation – It’s estimated that about 35% of heat loss occurs through your outside facing walls. You can enjoy added indoor comfort and significant energy savings by adding insulation inside those walls.
- Fireplace, Switches & Outlets – Your fireplace opening provides a clear path for heat loss, especially if the flue is open or not tightly closed. To prevent large scale heat loss, cover the opening with airtight glass doors when your fireplace sits idle. Warm air can also escape through switches and outlets – you’ll find specially designed insulation at your local hardware store or home center.
How’s your heating system performing? If it’s been a year or more since it’s been checked by a home heating professional, why not contact Pann Home Service today for reliable performance with a guaranteed upfront price quote…just like always.