Marlowe Energy Saving Tip: Common Causes of Drafts in Your Home
If you find your Marlowe home’s heating bill is routinely too high, there is a common reason. Most of the time it is due to air leaks and drafts in your home that allow warm air to escape and cold air to enter. Here are some common causes of such leaks and what you can do about them.
Sources of Drafts in Your Home
There are obvious drafts and less obvious ones. Let’s start by looking at the drafts that are most obvious:
- Outlets and Plates
- Air Conditioners
- Weather Stripping
You can probably do a quick inspection of your home by yourself to check for these potential air leaks and find whatever may be causing the problem. The easiest way to check for drafts is simply to hold your hand up to the space and check for a change in air flow. You can also get a portable thermometer and see if the air temperature is different in those areas than it is in the center of the room or by the thermostat.
Insulation is probably already in your home, but with time it can thin, get leaks or tear. Look for gaps in insulation or drafts coming through. You can inspect your insulation as well and make sure that it is still holding as much heat in as it was originally rated for. If you know that your insulation values are too low or that the insulation is particularly old, it may be a good time to have it inspected.
If you notice easy to fix drafts in your Marlowe home, fix them immediately and you’ll be shocked by how much energy you save.
If you have any questions about the effectiveness of your heating system, give Larry & Sons a call today!