Do you feel like your energy bill has increased lately? Sure, inflation is a thing, but maybe it’s increased beyond what you expected, even though you’ve tried to use less of it. Your home might be the problem. If your house is leaking energy, take steps to minimize energy loss.
Add More Insulation
How much do you know about your home’s insulation? If your home doesn’t have enough insulation, you could be losing energy through your walls, windows, doors, roof, and even your floors. Inspecting and evaluating your insulation can give you insight into your home’s insulation needs.
Adding quality insulation to your home where it’s needed helps trap heated or cooled air so it doesn’t escape. That makes your home more comfortable and reduces how much your HVAC system has to work to keep your house at a specific temperature.
Seal Gaps around Your Home
No home is perfectly sealed everywhere. That doesn’t mean that you should ignore gaps when you know they’re there though. When there are gaps in your home, you can lose a lot of energy. Doors and windows are especially prone to energy-leaking gaps.
Check around frames for cracks and gaps that need to be patched. Sealing gaps when you find them doesn’t just minimize energy loss. Proper sealing of doors and windows is essential for pest control in your home. No one wants to deal with pests scurrying around and making a nuisance of themselves.
Insulate Windows with Curtains
Sealing cracks around your windows helps minimize energy loss through them, but it’s not the only thing you can do. Window glass can still transfer heat, especially if the windows are single pane. Reduce the energy lost through window panes by insulating your windows with curtains. Purchase thermal curtains you can install over your windows or make your own DIY thermal curtains if you don’t find any you like. Just make sure that they don’t hang over a radiator or air vent since that can prevent the warm air from heating the room.
Minimizing energy loss in your home will only do good things for you. Because you’re losing less energy, your energy use should decrease. That, in turn, should reduce your power bill and make your home more environmentally friendly. Of course, it’s easiest to minimize energy loss if you know what areas of your home are leaking energy. Get a thermal inspection to see where your home is leaking heat and air so you know where to focus your efforts.
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