How Can You Prevent Heat Loss This Winter?
Doesn’t it sound great to come inside to a nice warm house after being out in the cold winter weather, or to enjoy watching a blustery day from the comfort of your home?
What’s not so great is your high energy bill if you can’t keep your house warm…if that expensive heat seems to be escaping immediately. How can you prevent heat loss so you can keep warm efficiently and less costly?
Your house can lose heat through…
- Crawl Spaces
- The Roof
Stop Heat Loss
- Check your windows for drafts – If it’s in your budget, and you have older windows that have lost their seal, the best thing you could do is replace them with newer energy efficient windows. If that’s not in the cards, you can spend a few dollars on caulking, or better yet, buy a Window Insulating Kit.
- Be sure to close the damper on your fireplace whenever it’s not in use. Nevertheless, even with the damper closed, your house can lose heat up the chimney. You may want to consider having airtight fireplace doors installed.
- Check the weather stripping on your doors. Even if it’s in place, it may be damaged and non-functional and need to be replaced.
- Examine electrical switches and outlets, as well as recessed lighting, where heat often leaks out and cold air leaks in. You can find different types of insulation for these areas.
As we all know, warm air rises, so more than likely the #1 contributor to the chill in your air is your roof, where the greatest amount of your heat is lost.
Part of the problem could be poor ventilation, but probably the biggest contributing factor is insufficient insulation.
Have you checked the depth of your attic insulation lately? Do you know that for it to be energy efficient, it needs to be at least 12 – 18 inches deep?
Insufficient attic insulation can also allow ice dams to form which are hazardous for the life of your roof.
Now is a great time to have your roof and your attic inspected for repairs and additional insulation.
As the Seattle area’s best roofing company, MasterCraft Roofing can repair and maintain your roof to give it the longest life possible, and keep you warm this winter.
Contact us for a free estimate