Trying to effectively heat your house in the winter can be challenging. Whether you use your home's heating system or space heaters, you want to make sure that hot air you are paying for remains inside. Houses, especially older ones, have a variety of points where valuable warm air can escape, costing you more money to replace it. Check out these three ways heat can escape from your home so you can stay warm even in the dead of winter.
Since heat rises, it is important to pay attention the state of your attic. According to The Washington Post, attics often come equipped with holes for pipes and vents. These small openings can cause your home to lose up to 15 percent of its heat. Try patching these gaps up with an all-purpose caulk. In addition to blocking these holes, make sure your entire attic is properly insulated, RedBeacon.com notes.
2. Windows and doors
Simply closing these entrance points will not stop hot air from exiting. In fact, closed windows and doors can still cause your home to lose 10 to 11 percent of its heat. RedBeacon.com recommends walking around your house and touching these points to see if you can feel where hot air is being released and cold air is entering. The Washington Post reports that a gap that measures 1/8 of an inch at the bottom of your doors can cause you to lose as much heat as if you had a 2.4-inch hole punched through an exterior wall. The source also recommends removing window air conditioning units because they let massive amounts of hot air escape.
Basements typically have holes and vents for laundry and plumbing through which 4 percent of your home's hot air can exit. The Washington Post suggests using expanding foam to prevent losing heat through these points.
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