Your Home Could Save You Up To 30% in Heating Costs This Year.
Adequately sealing off
and doors from possible air leaks will reduce your heating costs.
Winterizing your home can be as simple as applying weather stripping to
which can save you about 10% in heating costs, or installing and
doors and windows. Evaluate your home to assess the current
areas. Weather stripping is a quick and easy process that can be
the average do-it-yourselfer. If, however, you decide that window
replacements are needed, consult with a professional. As the
Westmoreland Contractor Referral Service, customers have shared their
with me regarding their attempt at replacing windows on their
replacements must be installed correctly to maximize the
Gaps around doors and
the typical areas where homeowners can apply a simple weather stripping
caulking to stop drafts. In addition, may homeowners forget to close
working fireplace when not in use. Warm air will rise and escape
your home through the chimney.
your walls and
ceilings can provide a large savings in heating with little
Insulation is measured by an R-value. R-values measure the
respect to how easily heat can pass through. The easier for heat
through, the lower the R-value. R stands for resistance.
constructed homes typically have a wall R-value of 20 to 30.
were typically built with a much lower R-value. Insulating older homes
simple and can have a major impact on heating and cooling costs.
A few ways to insulate
blown in insulation, mild renovation, and true renovation. Blown
instulation is done by drilling two inch hole into the walls and using
blowing machine to force pulverized insulation into the wall
Although it is impossible to guarantee that the wall space is filled
completely, this process is effective. A three to four inch wall
with increased R-value of R-2 to R-13 can save up to six times the
heat that can escape.
insulation is a
process of adding one inch of foam board or R-5 to existing inside
them covering them with new drywall. This option is not as
blown in insulation, but can provide up to four times the heat that can
insulation is a
process of removing old plaster wall sheathing and then properly
insulating the wall space. This is the best option and would fill
entire wall space and seal all cracks. The R-value could be
from R-2 to R-20 and provide up to ten times the amount of heat that
In addition to
insulating your walls
the attic space should be completely insulated and sealed. The
goal is to
stop your heat from rising and escaping through the attic. The
options are available to attic insulation as walls, with some small
deviations. The primary issue with insulating attic spaces is
ensuring that you maintain air circulation so that condensation build
Regardless of the type
project you decide to do, the end result is a reduction in the overall
and cooling cost. Although many homeowners have a general idea of
benefits of insulating the home, most don’t realize that a little
can provide a cost savings benefit.