Heat loss is a major problem that plagues many homes in Palm Bay, FL. The more areas you have where heat escapes, the more your heating system will run and the higher your energy bill. Here is an overview of the parts of the home where you lose the most heat and what steps you can take to minimize this heat loss.
1. Windows and Doors
Inefficient or poorly sealed windows and doors are typically the biggest sources of heat loss. The US Department of Energy estimates that heat loss through windows is responsible for around 25 to 30% of home annual heating costs.
If your home still has old single-pane windows, upgrading to more energy-efficient double-pane or triple-pane windows can make a huge difference in keeping your home warmer and reducing your heating costs. It will also minimize the heat that can escape and the cold air that comes inside. Being able to detect a breeze or light through the seals is an indication that repair is needed.
Basement walls are another of the biggest sources of heat loss. Concrete is a poor insulator and can allow lots of cold air to seep in, forcing your heating system to work harder. The easiest way to prevent this problem is to make sure that all of your basement walls are sufficiently insulated.
3. Exterior Walls
Poorly insulated walls will also allow lots of heat to escape, particularly in older homes, as insulation degrades and becomes less effective over time. Many older homes also have gaps or cracks in the wall that will allow even more cold air in and hot air to escape, and you can prevent this by having the exterior of your home inspected and any leaks sealed up.
You should also have your home evaluated to see if your walls are properly insulated. If you have insufficient insulation, several insulating options do not require major construction and will lessen how much heat you lose through your walls.
Attics can also be a major source of heat loss if the floor isn’t properly insulated. A lack of insulation in your attic floor will allow hot air to escape from the living areas since heat always rises. It is a common problem in Palm Bay, FL, and other warm areas where homes have little insulation in the attic.
Adding additional insulation to your attic floor can go a long way toward preventing heat loss. Your house will stay warmer without your heating system needing to run as often.
Duct leaks or a lack of insulation are also major contributors to heat loss. Any leaks will allow much of the hot air to escape and result in your heating system always running for a longer time. Leaky ductwork can also develop into cold air penetrating the ducts and quickly cooling down the air flowing inside them.
Ductwork degrades over time and will start to experience more issues with leaks. Ductwork repairs and resealing are a great way to limit heat loss and improve the effectiveness of your heating system.
6. Open Chimneys
This isn’t as big of an issue in warmer climates since fewer homes have fireplaces. If you have a fireplace, you must always keep the chimney or flue closed whenever the fireplace isn’t in use. If not, the open chimney will allow lots of hot air to escape and also draw cold air inside.
When ready to use your fireplace, the flue must be reopened so smoke and carbon monoxide do not become trapped in your home.
Taking steps to minimize heat loss is one of the best things you can do to improve comfort and lower heating costs. If you have any questions about heat loss or need to schedule any HVAC service in Palm Bay, FL, contact Extreme Air & Electric, LLC today.
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