Our rancid economic conditions were brought on by people who were careless in the use of financial resources. Avoid following their example. Take some time to evaluate your house to see if you are wasting money heating the air outside your home.
Chatsworth, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2011
Utility costs usually go up significantly in the winter time due to an increased need to warm the conditioned living space. The warm air being produced by the furnace can warm the house only if it is not leaking out through little cracks, holes and gaps in the home’s walls, ceilings or floors. Home energy experts point to this basic consideration of air-sealing in conjunction with insulating the house as the most cost-effective way to reduce utility costs.
The following list of common sources of air leaks in the home was originally compiled by Mary Beth Breckenridge, writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, with the help of various home energy experts, including the government’s Energy Star program. The list has been modified here to reflect the view of the professional installer:
- Windows and doors provide significant cracks and spaces around the edges. This is especially true when they have not been properly installed.
- Baseboards allow cold air to seep in through gaps between the floor and the wall covered by baseboards.
- Electrical outlets and light switches also provide an access point in exterior walls for the exchange of air – cold outside air flows in and warm conditioned air flows out.
- Fireplaces are recognized sources of air leakage. Professional attention must be given to this well-known source of waste.
- Pipes, wires or vents in the exterior walls or roof need to be carefully sealed at the point of penetration.
- The HVAC ducting system can be a hidden source of leaking air. Usually installed in the attic, the air prepared by the central heating system is commonly lost in transit.
- Dropped soffits often have a top or back that is open to the attic or wall cavity allowing for the exchange of air.
- The attic hatch allows warm air to escape into the attic when it is not properly sealed.
- Recessed lights generally extend into the attic and have openings for the electrical wiring which allows air-leakage to take place. Recessed lighting cans must be IC rated to avoid attic fires.
Steve Anderson, President, said, “Our rancid economic conditions were brought on by people who were careless in the use of financial resources. Avoid following their example. Take some time to evaluate your house to see if you are wasting money heating the air outside your home. Then act in a fiscally responsible way to cut your heating expenses this winter before utility rates go up even more.”
Progressive Insulation & Windows is a Participating Contractor in the California State utility rebate program, Energy Upgrade California which encourages homeowners to invest in their homes and lower their utility costs. A home audit can uncover specific solutions that will reduce the energy usage of a home. Depending on the amount of energy reduction projected, individual homeowners could receive up to $8000.00 in incentive rebates. Call Progressive for further details or visit our website.
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