Homes lose indoor heat during winter through a variety of ways. Some of the warm indoor air leaks through cracks and openings, and some of it just goes away another way. Regardless of how it happens, however, the fact is that the more warm indoor air leaks, the more homeowners will need to spend on heating.
Some parts of the home allow more warm air to leak outside the house, requiring homeowners to crank up the heating system. These include the following:
Windows and Doors
As mentioned openings allow warm indoor air to leak outside. These openings include windows and doors, which, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), account for a quarter of total heat loss in a home. This is caused by leaks and cracks around the foundation as well as a lack of glazing on glass.
Heat loss can be minimized using a variety of methods. First, caulk joints around window and door frames. Second, apply glazing on window glass, or use triple-glazed windows with air between each glass panel. Third, use curtains.
Walls allow 35% of all indoor heat to leak outside by conduction; that is, indoor heat can escape when cold outdoor air is in “physical” contact with the home’s walls. This can be reduced with insulation
For homes with walls that don’t have enough insulation, however, it won’t be practical to add more insulation as the process is costly: the walls have to be torn down, new insulation has to be installed, and then new interior walls have to be installed as well.
About a quarter of all warm indoor air is lost through the attic or the roof. This shouldn’t surprise everybody since warm air naturally rises. Nevertheless, allowing warm air to escape through the attic or roof will significantly affect heating bills.
To reduce heat loss in the attic or roof, homeowners will need to seal up cracks and holes as well as add more insulation. Roofs also need to be in perfect condition so that cold air or moisture will not leak into the home. For this, roof maintenance is key.
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