Heat loss in a home occurs when heat – either in the form of air or energy – escapes to the outside via air leaks, poorly maintained HVAC equipment and/or inadequate insulation. In addition to creating higher energy bills, it costs you in terms of greater wear and tear on your heating equipment and increased repair bills, as well as shortening the service life of HVAC equipment.
The following steps can help you create an energy-efficient home and mitigate unnecessary heat loss.
- Routine HVAC maintenance. Make sure you have your heating equipment inspected on an annual basis. At least once a year, your HVAC technician should inspect your duct system as well. Regular maintenance increases efficiency but also reveals any issues contributing to heat loss. Once you’re aware of a problem, you can get it repaired.
- Seal air leaks. Any cracks or gaps in your exterior walls and roof will allow warm air to escape outside. Use caulking and weatherstripping to seal any visible gaps, holes, or cracks in siding, window and door frames. Make sure to inspect and seal exterior penetrations for vents, electrical lines and plumbing pipes.
- Upgrade your insulation. If you live in an older home, make sure your insulation is up to current energy-efficiency standards. Upgrading insulation in your attic will help you year-round by preventing heat loss in the winter and controlling heat gain during the summer months.
- Water heater. If you have an older-model storage water heater, wrap it with an insulating blanket or jacket (newer models are usually pre-insulated). Also, turn your water heater to its lowest setting when you’re on vacation to prevent unnecessary energy waste.
- Wrap the pipes. Insulate the hot water pipes running from your water heater and into your home to prevent heat from being lost en route. You can purchase pipe-specific insulation at your local home improvement store.
- Change filters. Change air filters on a regular basis to keep dust and debris out of your heating equipment; prevent unnecessary wear on the blower motor; increase efficiency; and save money. Also, check vents and grilles for dirt and debris that prevent the flow of air and contributes to poor indoor air quality.
Please contact us at Wolff Mechanical to learn more about preventing heat loss in your Central Arizona home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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