Thursday, December 29th by Iris Doubleday
When the winter months come around, it becomes especially important to make sure that your home is comfortable and energy efficient. You may begin to notice that your home requires excessive heating costs in order to maintain a comfortable temperature, or that certain rooms are colder than others. With the right winterizing home improvements, you can ensure that your home's interior temperature will stay comfortable even during the coldest weather!
Increased comfort is just one of the benefits of taking steps to winterize your home. Dr. Energy Saver's home improvement techniques will also help you save a significant amount of money on your energy costs. In fact, it's possible to cut your heating bills nearly in half simply by upgrading your home's insulation and sealing any air leaks.
Air sealing any gaps and openings will keep your home insulation effective. Attics are a common location for energy loss, and heat can escape through the cracks.
A common misconception is that the heating system is to blame for chilly rooms and high heating costs, but before you jump to replace your heater there are some very important factors to consider. In reality, the most common culprits of energy loss and discomfort during the winter are air leaks and insufficient insulation. If there are cracks, joints, leaky ducts, and other openings in your home that allow warm air to leak out and cold air to seep in, your heating system will be forced to work overtime and your insulation will fail to be effective.
At Dr. Energy Saver, we recommend that your first priority in winterizing your home should be to seal any air leaks. If you insulate first, it will only make it all the more difficult to go back afterward and try to dig through the insulation to find the sources of air leakage. The air sealing experts from your local Dr. Energy Saver contractor will locate key areas of energy loss such as attics, basements, and ductwork systems, and block the openings to prevent further air leaks.
Improving your home's insulation should be your next priority for better comfort and energy efficiency. Heat can escape all too easily through a poorly insulated attic as it rises to the upper levels of your home, so upgrading your attic insulation is always a good idea. Dr. Energy Saver also provides crawl space insulation and crawl space sealing, as well as basement insulation and wall insulation to eliminate cold drafts and energy waste. Do you have a living area above your garage? The floor above a garage will often need extra insulation to keep the space comfortable and warm.
Dr. Energy Saver's home insulation methods include:
Our spray foam insulation is an especially popular method, as it effectively air seals while being installed and has the added benefit of staying permanently waterproof.
Contact your local Dr. Energy Saver dealer today to find out which insulation technique is best for your home, and find out more about our home improvement options! We provide free, no-obligation cost estimates on air sealing, insulation, ductwork solutions, and all other services.