Reduce Home Heat Loss, See Benefits in Comfort, Efficiency and Savings

March 5, 2014

reduce home heat lossWe are blessed with mild winters here in the Ocala area, but the cost of heating your home may still be a significant part of your winter budget. Though you may have installed an energy-efficient furnace when you built your home or had new heating and air conditioning systems put in, you still might be able to reduce your energy use even further by taking steps to reduce home heat loss.

Reducing heat loss from your home will pay off in several ways. Lowering your winter energy bills is the most obvious benefit, but the things you do to reduce home heat loss also will reduce heat gain in the summer, so your air conditioning bills will go down, too. You also might extend the life of your heating and air conditioning equipment.

Tips to Reduce Home Heat Loss

You can do some of the projects outlined below yourself if you are handy with a few basic tools, but you should hire a licensed contractor to do any of the jobs you do not feel qualified to tackle on your own. The main things to focus on to reduce home heat loss are air leaks, insulation and ductwork:

  • Seal air leaks. Caulk around door frames and window frames and anywhere else with penetrations in the outer shell of your house, such as places where plumbing or electrical wiring go through walls. Install or replace weatherstripping around doors, windows and skylights.
  • Insulate your attic. Add fiberglass batts or blown-in cellulose to bring your attic insulation’s R-value up to the federal Department of Energy recommended range of R-30 to R-60 for our area. Seal air leaks between your living spaces and your attic first. Provide adequate attic ventilation to help to control humidity and reduce summer heat buildup.
  • Check your ductwork. Duct seams and connections should be fastened with screws or clamps and sealed with mastic to prevent conditioned air losses. Make sure flexible ducts are not kinked. Insulate any ducts that run through unconditioned spaces such as your attic.

Call us at Sun Kool Air Conditioning, Inc. for more energy-saving tips for your Ocala area home.

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