Common Culprits of Winter Energy Loss
Are you looking to save money, experience fewer repairs and have better energy efficiency within your home? Although poorly insulated walls, ceilings and heating ducts are sneaky contributors when it comes to home energy loss, the most common culprits are the doors and windows within your home. This is especially true in the winter season.
Air infiltration and leakage from windows and doors can not only cause you frustration, but it can also cost you a lot of money in the long run when it comes to your electricity bills. Therefore, we can’t stress enough how important it is too literally “button-up” your home.
So, how do you fix this issue? First, you need to find the source of the problem. Where is all of the energy loss stemming from? You can answer this question by conducting a ‘DIY Energy Loss Audit’ within the comfort of your own home.
The following checklist will allow you to evaluate and identify sources of energy loss within your home:
Step 1: Travel from room to room within your home.
Step 2: Inspect each window and door within every room and ask yourself the following:
Do you feel drafts around your windows or doors when they are closed?
For the windows: do you notice any moisture, mold or mildew trapped between the glass?
Step 3: Inspect your walls, especially around the door and window frames. Ask yourself the following: do you notice any water leaking into the walls (especially when there is rain or snow outside)?
Depending on the extremities of your findings, it might be time to replace your windows and doors; doing so can dramatically improve the energy efficiency within your home and also, add an increase to your property value as well.
We recommend speaking with a professional and choosing quality windows and doors with a reliable warranty. Also, keep an eye open for the ENERGY STAR® label; this is a symbol that is internationally recognized in all areas of energy efficiency.
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