The cost of heating and cooling your home seems to regularly increase. While rising costs of energy can be one contributor, many homes are actually losing large amounts of heat. These are some of the most common reasons that your house will not stop losing heat.
Worn Seals on Doors and Windows
Worn seals and gaps can increase in size over time, leading to a loss of heat. Check the seals on every exterior door and window for air flow. Be sure to also check other common heat loss places like where the dryer vent connects to the wall and the plumbing fixtures underneath cabinets.
If you identify any sources of cold air, consider replacing worn seals and filling any gaps with caulk. Silicone caulk is clear and is ideal for viewable places in your home like for poor window fittings. Latex caulk is great for filling exterior gaps because you can paint it to match the exterior of your house.
Poorly Fitted Fireplace Dampers
A fireplace damper is used to seal the fireplace when it is not in use. A poorly fitted fireplace damper, however, can lead to a significant amount of heat loss. The best way to check the fireplace damper is by visually inspecting it for gaps. The damper is located at the upper end of the chimney.
The damper may need to be replaced if it is not securely closed. The problem may be that it was improperly fitted or that the damper wore out over time.
Cracks in the Exterior Siding
Cracks in the exterior siding of the home can affect heat loss just as much as interior gaps. Homes that are located in cold-weather states run the risk of exterior damage caused by ice and frigid temperatures.
Fortunately, cracks in the exterior siding are usually easy to identify by doing a quick inspection of the exterior of the home. There are also a few solutions to fix cracked exterior siding. You can patch larger holes or cracks, fill smaller cracks with caulk, or have the siding entirely replaced.
Homes that are poorly insulated tend to experience a large amount of heat loss. Most homes do not have the recommended amount of insulation and the amount that is lacking will often translate to heat loss. Evaluate your home’s current insulation by feeling the walls inside of your home. Walls that are cold to the touch during cold weather are unlikely to have the appropriate amount of insulation.
There are a few methods available for improving the insulation of your home. Be sure to properly insulate the attic and strategically choose the type of insulation to use and the locations of your home that would most benefit from increased insulation.
Cracks in your home’s siding, poorly fitted seals, and a lack of insulation can lead to significant home heat loss. Inspecting, identifying, and correcting home heat causes can improve the comfort of your home and reduce the cost of your monthly utility bills.