Making sure that your home is well insulated is one of the more energy efficient things that you can possibly do. There is not much point in purchasing energy efficient appliances if your home is not properly insulated. Heating and cooling usually require the majority of the energy consumption in a home so insulation is critical. Plus a properly insulated home will help to prevent mold, rot and decay from ruining your investment.
Here are a few things that you can do to make sure that your home is properly insulated:
Attic, Walls and Crawlspaces
Heat rises and cool air settles. You need to make sure that there is adequate insulation in the attic and walls of your home. If your home has crawlspaces then you need to check there as well. If they are not insulated well enough you should consider adding more yourself or hiring someone to do it. This is a small investment that will pay you many times over in increased energy savings. Windows The windows in your home will often account for about twenty-five percent of the heating and cooling loss in your home. There are several ways to insulate your windows. You could consider installing newer windows or perhaps installing heavy drapes to help keep the air away from them. You could also cover them with plastic or blankets to prevent air from escaping.
The doors in your home can easily be insulated with weather stripping that can be purchased inexpensively at home improvement stores. This only takes a few minutes to install and will greatly benefit your home. Chimney If you have a fireplace in your home you will want to consider sealing off the opening with a set of glass door. A tremendous amount of heat can easily escape through an open chimney. You should also make sure that your flue is closed. You could also install a chimney balloon that will close off your chimney when it is not in use.
Sometimes air can leak around where the wires and pipes enter and exit your home. Some simply caulk spread around these openings can quickly eliminate those energy draining holes. Once you inspect and fix these issues in your home you will soon find that you are able to save a considerable amount of money each month. This will greatly compensate for the few dollars that it takes to insulate your home.