Weatherproofing is not only essential to keep you and your loved ones comfortable within your home, but it also prevents wasted energy, which will add up over time to increase your energy bills. Inefficient insulation in your home can also make your HVAC system run extra hard as it tries to maintain a constant temperature in your home. If there are air leaks, either in the winter or summer, it can be difficult for your HVAC system to keep up with the heating or cooling loss.
The most important thing you need to do to protect your home from the outdoor elements is to be aware of any air leaks or gaps in insulation in your home. The reason for this is that you want to prevent the air outside from coming inside, which can affect the comfort level of your home during pretty much any season.
Advice for Weatherproofing Your Home
Aside from having your home’s exterior walls, roof, and garage properly insulated, there are a few areas that homeowners should pay special attention to. Consider these areas so you can ensure that you’re making the most out of your heating and cooling system and not allowing any outdoor air to creep in, which can create an uncomfortable living environment.
Also called walk-up ladders, or scuttle holes, homeowners should pay particularly close attention to these spots as they are especially vulnerable to warm or cool air escaping. Due to poorly fitted framing, gaps can allow cold air to come in during the wintertime as well as let air conditioned air escape during the summertime.
If you suspect air leaks in this area, purchase weather stripping and ceiling gaskets which can be installed around the frame of the hatch. You can purchase this material at practically any home-improvement or hardware store.
Another area to examine for air leaks is around every outlet on your exterior walls. These exterior outlets often have the surrounding insulation within the wall cut away, which allows for outdoor air to either leak out or sneak in. Spray foam insulation is the perfect fix for these spots. Also, look for any holes that may have been created but never had a plate installed. These are small areas that make a big difference when it comes to weatherproofing your home.
If you suspect drafts in your home but you can’t quite pinpoint them, there is an easy way to locate them. Light an incense stick and slowly walk around the perimeter of your home’s interior, focusing both on the bottom and top areas of exterior facing walls. If you notice the smoke from the lit incense stick change directions suddenly, you’ve got an air leak. Mark these areas with a post-it note and then insulate using either caulking or weather-stripping, depending on the area.
Weatherproofing your home, no matter what the season, is important. Make sure you aren’t wasting energy and money by letting your heated or cooled air escape through gaps. We love our customers, and we want to make sure you’re getting the most efficiency out of your heating and cooling system. If you have any questions about how to make your home’s HVAC system more efficient, give us a call at 614-914-4811.