As winter comes to Grand Traverse County, keeping your home comfortable is an important concern. Another important concern is keeping your energy bills under control as you try to stay warm. The furnace may be running, but is the heat staying in your house? Heat loss forces your furnace to run longer to make your home comfortable, driving up your energy bills and ultimately wearing out your HVAC system faster. How do you prevent this? There are several steps you can take.
The first step in preventing heat loss is finding the places where heat leaks out. To do that, have an HVAC professional perform a home energy audit. The technician will seal off all doors and windows and suck all the air from your home using a giant fan. Then he or she can walk through with a thermal sensor to locate spots where heat is leaking out and outside air is leaking in. Some of the most common places for leaks include:
- Light switches and electrical outlets
- Recessed lights
- Windows and door
The technician can also check to see if you have enough insulation. Insulation slows the flow of heat through your home, keeping it from escaping.
While not as thorough as a technician’s audit, you can perform a do-it-yourself energy audit. Place a lit candle near common trouble spots. If the smoke wavers, air is leaking in. This method works in a pinch, though it isn’t as effective as a professional test.
Once you’ve found your leaks, the next step is to seal them. Windows and doors should have weatherstripping to keep heat in. Holes around faucets, pipes or electrical outlets should be plugged and caulked, while leaks in your ductwork should be repaired with metal tape or mastic sealant. Talk to an HVAC professional to find out the best methods for sealing different leaks so you can save energy and keep the heat inside all winter.
To learn more about how to prevent heat loss in your home, contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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