As Warmer Weather Approaches – Where Does Your Home Lose the Most Energy?
During the warm summer months many home’s energy costs increase to keep it cool. It is important to make sure your property is sealed, insulated, and your HVAC is well maintained. These are projects that cost overhead, but will help lower your monthly energy costs and improve energy efficiency.
Where Does My Home Lose the Most Energy?
In order to know how to approach boosting the energy efficiency of your home, learn about areas that lose energy:
- The Walls
Did you know the walls of your home can cause energy loss? Cold air gravitates to warm which is why it is important to have plenty of insulation in the wall cavities. Many companies are recommending Minneapolis insulation on the exterior underneath the siding as well – especially on thin materials such as vinyl.
If there is any space between the cold interior and the warm exterior, it is a possible cause for energy loss. This means that gaps around windows and doors are a potential for energy loss. There are also gaps and spaces around wall outlets and light switches. Insulating or caulking these areas are beneficial for energy efficiency.
Windows are another important focus for energy efficiency and can help lower your energy costs. For example, consider a single pane glass window with the heat bearing down on it on a hot day. Cool air from inside the house can leak out. Now compare that window with one that is double paned and has insulating gases between those panes. Modern Minneapolis windows are also glazed so that they reflect the sun’s UV rays instead of absorbing them. Installing blinds or drapes can also help reduce energy loss.
- Attic Insulation
Attic insulation helps your home year round, especially if you have asphalt shingles that absorb the sun’s rays. On hot Minnesota days the sun beating down on an attic that lacks insulation will cause the entire house’s temperature to go up, thus making your HVAC system work harder. Attic insulation improves energy efficiency year-round.
If you are experiencing abnormally high utility bills, feel free to schedule a home inspection to determine where energy loss is occurring and improve your home’s energy efficiency! 612-333-SNAP (7627) [email protected]