Heat loss in your Georgia home during the winter means you need to work your heating system harder, which results in higher energy costs. Fortunately, there are some fairly easy things you can do to reduce heat loss during these cold months.
- Insulate where possible. Improve the insulation of your home. Insulation is crucial to reduce heat loss through walls, ceilings and even the roof. In particular, adding insulation to your attic can greatly reduce your heating bill.
- Buy a blanket for your water heater. You may not realize it, but if you have a water heater tank that’s not insulated, it continually loses heat while the heated water sits unused. While newer storage water heaters typically come pre-insulated, you can reduce heat loss in older models by wrapping them with an insulating jacket or blanket.
- Insulate your pipes. While you’re at the water heater, check the pipes that carry hot water away from it. Some simple insulation around the pipes is an easy way to prevent heat loss.
- Seal windows and doors. Windows and doors often have air leaks and can be easily fixed with weatherstripping (for movable joints) or caulking.
- Check for holes in your siding and foundation. There are multiple places in your home’s exterior where conditioned air can escape your home (or outside air can enter it). Inspect the siding for holes and cracks where plumbing or wiring enters the home. Locations where the foundation meets the siding may also have leaks. Use caulk or spray foam to seal these leaks.
For more help saving energy in your Peachtree City area home this winter, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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