Winter is on its way and home heating systems will be running non-stop in some parts of the country. Many will be working much harder than they have to. By fixing a few frequently overlooked issues, you can keep up to 47% more of the warm air you produce.
Stop Drafts Around Electrical Outlets
Electrical outlets are a common way for drafts to enter a home and are often neglected. To stop these leaks, remove the cover and fill in small holes and gaps using a latex caulk. Use foam sealant for larger gaps. Cover over the interior of the box with a foam gasket.
Seal Your Chimney Temporarily
When not in use, fireplaces present a huge escape route for warm air. Even a closed flue rarely stops all the warm air from escaping. An easy fix is a chimney balloon. The balloon inflates inside your chimney to block off the entire passageway and keep in your heated air. These balloons cost about $50, and can save you four times that much in some cases in heating expense in a single season. They have a limited lifespan and must be replaced every few years. There is some danger of forgetting it up there during the Spring and Summer months- so it’s a good idea to put a reminder on your calendar to remove it before you light a fire.
Seal Leaky Ductwork
Many people forget that the first place home heating systems lose air is through holes in the ductwork. Consider that if your home is older and has a few leaks in it, chances are your ductwork could use some patching. The average home loses between 20% to 30% of its heat through gaps in the ducting. Look for spots that may have come apart as the house settled or may have been disturbed during renovations. Use metal tape or a mastic sealant over any leaks you find.
Of course, these are just a few examples of the many seldom expected ways heat can escape your home. There are many others. For more information on how to save energy while running your home heating systems, see our blog, or call and ask our experts.
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