Whole-house energy efficiency may sound like a complicated and expensive process when in fact it has never been easier to increase the energy efficiency of your home and reap the many benefits that this provides. The best way to increase whole-house energy efficiency is to seal the air leaks that allow heated and cooled air to escape from your home.
Sealing air leaks not only decreases your loss of energy but it will also lower your heating and cooling costs, increase indoor air quality and improve your home’s comfort. When your home has air leaks, trying to keep rooms at the desired temperature can be very difficult. Once those nasty drafts are sealed, you will immediately notice a difference in the way the rooms feel.
Location and repair
Most homes experience air leaks in the same locations, places such as doors and windows, junctions where building materials meet, and entry points for plumbing and wiring. However, improperly insulated homes will also experience air loss and leaks at ceilings, walls and floors. Common areas for leaks are baseboards, pipe vents, foundation, switch plates, outlets, rim and floor joints, ductwork and soffits. Taking a trip to your local home improvement store will provide you with the repair products you need to fix air leaks. Foam switch plate and outlet insulation will stop those pesky leaks while weatherstripping around doors and windows keeps air from escaping. Duct sealant will repair damaged ductwork and expanding foam spray repairs gaps, cracks and holes in foundations, baseboards and other areas.
Calling in the professionals
Sometimes the do-it-yourself approach is not enough to improve your whole-house energy efficiency, and the help of a professional HVAC company is required. The technician can perform an energy audit of your home, locate problem areas, and provide you with a detailed report identifying these areas and laying out the best course of action for you to take. Furthermore, professionals can reach hard-to-get-to areas that homeowners cannot access.
For more information on air leaks, contact the professionals at Ken Philp Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. For over 28 years, we have provided quality heating and cooling services to the Owen Sound area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Owen Sound, Ontario and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about sealing air leaks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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