Where is Your Home Losing Heat?
Posted on February 16th, 2017 by Devine Bros
Think your home is air tight? Think again. Even with all of your windows and doors shut, most homes still lose a significant amount of heat through small gaps, air leaks, and other inefficiencies. Read below to learn more about the common sources of heat loss:
- Ceiling. Warm air rises, so it should come as no surprise that the roof is a significant source of heat loss in most homes. Poor insulation in the attic can result in heat loss of up to 25%!
- Walls. Many estimate that walls account for up to one-third of heat loss, making them the most significant source in the home. This could be due to poor insulation, small gaps around exterior doors, and even air leaks around your electrical outlets.
- Windows. Your money could be going right out of the window – literally. There are a few ways to minimize heat loss through your windows. One way is by installing new double-paned glass with a low-emissivity coating. You could also simply seal air leaks with caulk or weatherstripping. A more low-tech approach involves covering your window with a thick, insulative curtain. However, this is more of a band-aid solution and prevents you from opening your curtains during the daytime.
- Furnace. If your heating system is more than 10 years old, it could be only 65% efficient. That means 35% of the fuel you burn is ultimately wasted. This number could be even higher if you have leaky air ducts. A brand new, Energy Star heating system can offer 90% energy efficiency or more, allowing you to heat your home for less.
Devine Bros. offers energy-efficient heating system installations to homeowners throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, give us a call at (203) 866-4421 to schedule a service with one of our trained technicians.