Improve Your Insulation and Save On Energy Costs
Extreme cabin fever has really set in as folks continue to hunker down to stay safe from the COVID-19 outbreak. If you’re one of the fortunate ones, you have the ability to work at home remotely.
But what are you doing with all of the free time that belongs to you? People are taking up hobbies that they have long neglected. Other folks are providing much-needed support to their children who are struggling to adjust to remote learning.
But if you feel you are at your wit’s end trying to find something productive to do, may we suggest doing an evaluation of your home and identifying any defects, like poorly insulated areas, so you can start in on making repairs. Keeping the warm air inside during winter and the hot air out during the summer can really make a big difference in your energy bills.
For instance, in the average home, do you know about one-third of heat loss occurs through the ceilings, which should have a minimum of six inches of quality thermal insulation to keep heat inside the home, where it belongs.
With all that said, here are some areas you can inspect and then correct insulation issues. If you’re handy, you can tackle many of these jobs yourself, but don’t be shy about calling for the advice of a professional. If you’re not comfortable with anyone visiting your home just yet, just call so you can get on their list when we return to some sense of normalcy.
When you’re insulating floors above unheated or uncooled garages, all possible sources of air leakage should be sealed first, This strategy has the added benefit of minimizing the danger of contaminants (from car exhaust, paint, solvents, gardening supplies, etc.) in the garage migrating into the conditioned space.
Besides reducing heating costs, a properly insulated foundation will keep below-grade rooms more comfortable and prevent moisture problems, insect infestation, and radon infiltration.
Loose-fill or batt insulation is typically installed in an attic. Loose-fill insulation is usually less expensive to install than batt insulation, and provides better coverage when installed properly.
If you have an oil furnace, which delivers warm air throughout your home, then you have a duct system. If the ducts in your home are in unheated or non-air conditioned space, you should make sure that they are well sealed and insulated.
It’s always a good idea to insulate part, if not all, of your basement. A properly insulated basement can save you money on heating and provide dry, comfortable extra living space. For good results, consider installing insulation in the basement ceiling, sealing off any foundation leaks, and insulating rim joists and sill plates. In addition, seal around electrical outlets and any exterior venting to eliminate drafts and cold spots. If you are considering finishing your basement to create extra livable space, be sure to insulate the walls and the floor for extra comfort.
Other energy-saving tips
- Use the spring and summer seasons to take care of sealing, caulking and weather-stripping gaps around windows, doors and piping so you can be ready to stay warm next winter. Doing this will also save you money on air conditioning this summer.
- When it comes to improving the energy efficiency of an oil boiler or oil furnace, one of the best things you can do is to schedule an annual heating system tune-up. A well-maintained system can conserve about 5% of heating oil per year and prevent breakdowns during extreme cold.
- A smart thermostat is a great addition for an oil-heated home. A Wi-Fi enabled thermostat allows you to view and change temperature settings, check local weather conditions and more, all from a smartphone, computer or tablet. Some thermostat models even allow you to adjust temperatures to your comfort and over the next few days your thermostat will “remember” the temperatures you like and build a schedule based on your patterns. Now, that’s pretty smart—and it saves you on energy costs throughout the year.
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