There are lots of tips out there on the simple ways to keep your home insulated and save money on the bills. But most of the time, the advice only touches the surface of the problem. There are other, less obvious ways your home is losing heat. Here are a few of them.
While insulating the walls and ceilings of your home is a no-brainer, people don’t always think of the floors as something that needs insulation. This is a problem because heat tends to rise. Few people want to spend all of their time in the attic, the only room in the house that can keep heat in. If a particular level of your house is especially cool, you might have a problem with floor insulation.
Recessed Lighting Fixtures
Lighting fixtures set in the ceiling are a nice decorative touch, but they can also be a problem area for heat loss. If they are in the roof, they may represent an insulation dead space that allows cold air to flow in and hot air to float out. Most of this problem has to do with how expertly you or the previous homeowner installed the fixture in the first place. To correct the issue, make sure the fixture is insulation rated and cover the top of it carefully with insulation materials. If you don’t know how to do this, be sure to get help.
Pet Doors and Mail Slots
Pet doors and mail slots are nice conveniences. A mail slot lets you get your correspondence without walking to the mailbox through rainy or cold weather, and a pet door lets your animal friend exit and enter the home without your help. The problem is, poorly insulated pet doors and mail slots are just holes in the side of your home.
Placing bits of insulation around the hole helps make sure that when the door is closed, no heat gets out. Also, make sure that your pet door or mail slot has a good, solid closing and locking mechanism. It will keep your pet from wandering out at a bad time and keep you and your family safe.
Most people know that windows are a common site for heat loss through cracked walls and joins or from being accidentally left open. What fewer people think about is how important proper window treatments are. Heavier curtains and drapes are a great insulator, keeping heat inside your house whatever the weather.
Having said that, using curtains to contain heat is not just a matter of putting them up and leaving them closed. It’s also important to open the curtains when the sun is shining directly through them to let in natural light and heat, helping save your heater some effort.
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