With the blustery cold air bearing down on us this is a really good time to notice where the trouble spots are in your home. Do you walk by a door and feel the cold air coming in? Can you put your hand up to an outlet or window frame and feel a little cold air seeping through? These are sure signs that your home is not as energy efficient as it could be and that is just with you briefly walking around your house.
Imagine what you find if you had a professional perform an energy audit of your entire home. There is no telling how much of your warm air is leaking out and how much cold air is seeping in, especially if you live in an older home.
Check your attic to make sure it is properly insulated. It is estimated that over 90% of the homes in the U.S. do not have enough insulation. If you are not sure how much insulation is needed ask a professional for help.
If you have a basement you will also need to check for insulation under the living area flooring. If your basement is heated it should be insulated to an R-value of 19 or greater, if it is not heated it should be insulated to an R-value of 25 or greater. Additionally, any pipes, the water heater and furnace ducts should be insulated as well.
Check any exposed ductwork for air streams, especially around the seams. This indicates an air leak that needs to be sealed with duct mastic – not duct tape.
If you have a furnace that is over 10 years old, consider upgrading to a new energy efficient unit.
If you would like more information on the benefits of a new energy efficient furnace, call Carmine’s today at 203-791-8089. Stay Warm Everybody!