Energy Savings and Weatherizing Your Home
Do you see it?
The recent Texas ice storm that covered the Houston metropolitan region may have revealed some issues your home has with heat retention or water repelling. Those issues may not be so obvious, however. You may not be able to see it.
By “it” we mean your money leaking from your home. Weatherizing your home is an important energy-saving endeavor. Saving energy means saving money. Letting energy in the form of heat leak from your home is the same as money leaking from your home. Do you see your money leaking from your home?
Again, you may not be able to see it. Professionals are trained to identify how money is leaking from your home since you probably can’t see it yourself. Actually, they’re trained to conduct a home energy audit and can identify where the leaks are. Money is coming out of those leaks and leaving you forever. Do you see it?
Energy Savings Through Air Sealing
One way to winterize your home is to reduce the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home. You neighbor is grateful that you are trying to heat their home with the air that is leaking from yours. Money is flying out of your house. We hope you can see it.
Caulking is a simple, easy way to help seal your home. Old caulk will deteriorate. Replacing it is always a good idea and something you can do yourself. If you are unable to work on a ladder, hire a professional like Duran’s Roofing and Remodeling.
Weatherstripping is another way to stop air leaks. You can buy weatherstripping kits and apply it to the perimeter of every exterior door in your home. You might want to weatherstrip doors to attics and other infrequently used entrances.
Not sure where to caulk or weatherstrip? Apply them around all the places where wiring comes through walls or ceilings, where duct vents are mounted onto the walls or ceilings, and where plumbing comes into a home and into rooms. Larger gaps, like the ones where your air conditioner lines come into your home might need a foam sealant.
Energy Savings Through Proper Ventilation
It is also very important that your house leaks. What? Yes, while sealing your home reduces the money going out of your pocket, providing strategic ventilation is necessary to reduce air pollution and moisture that could lead to contaminants taking hold. Formaldehyde, radon and mold are not your friends. But, they will try to live with you if you don’t ventilate properly.
You can improve the energy efficiency of your home through proper ventilation. Spot ventilation is probably already in place. If you have exhaust fans, an oven hood, or bathroom fans, you have some spot ventilation in place. Determine whether your ventilation points are sufficient. Bathroom vents should remove air at the rate of about 50 cubic feet per minute. Kitchen vents should remove air at the rate of 100 cubic feet per minute.
Energy Savings Through Insulation
It’s a scientific fact: heat rises. The upper levels of your home will be warmer than the lower levels. That goes for a one story home or one with multiple floors.
There is another fact about heat flow that needs to be addressed in your home: heat flows from warmer to cooler. That means heat wants to escape out of the leaks in your home whether they are high or low. Do you see it?
The heat you are paying for is moving from your cozy den to the garage, the attic, the crawl spaces, and any other space that is not properly insulated.
The best way to add insulation to an already-built house is by using blown insulation. This type of insulation can be installed in hard-to-reach places.
Energy Savings Works With Cold Air, Too
That’s another benefit of winterizing. The steps you take to keep hot air from leaking your dollars out of your home, also help to keep the cool air in during regular southeast Texas days. How much savings are we talking about? It is very common to see savings of ten to thirty percent! That’s a lot of money leaking from your home if you have not winterized well.
Let us winterize your home. We can save lots of money on your heating and cooling bills for the next few years. Duran’s Roofing and Remodeling will provide great value with the perfect products for your home’s needs. Call (281) 342-4436 and let’s talk more about saving you money. Your home is worth it.