Seal Air Leaks Before the Seasons Change for Maximum Savings
Sealing your home against the cold air of the greater Cincinnati area winter is an effective way to realize savings on your heating costs. It also will save you money during the summer months ahead. According to Energy.gov, approximately 45 percent of a home’s power usage is from heating. You can save on that heating portion of your home’s energy bill by having a professional audit of your home, sealing air leaks and improving insulation.
Why act now?While cooler weather is no friend to your heating bill, it can make it much easier to find cracks and spots where you need to seal air leaks. Drafts created by poor insulation and leaks in your exterior walls, windows and doors can help to identify major problem areas. Those same leaks are certainly still there in the warmer months, running up your cooling bill, but they’re not as easy to identify. Finding the problem areas now while temperatures are still cooler will allow you to save during any further cold weather and into spring and summer.
Home weatherizationTo seal air leaks, there are many areas of your home that should be checked. Major sources for air leaks include in and around:
- Doors and windows
- Electrical outlets and switch plates
- Fixtures that bisect the wall, such as air conditioners, utility services, dryer vents and wires
- Attic areas such as the hatch and around rafters