Written on: January 27, 2020
“Close the front door…do we live in a barn?”
It’s a phrase most of us have heard at one point or another in our life – usually from the frustrated person who pays the heating bill. And it’s a valid point: anything that makes your furnace or boiler work harder is going to cost you both now (with higher heating bills) and later (with more repairs).
Take air leaks, for example: the average American home leaks an amount of air equal to a nearly four square-foot hole in an exterior wall through spaces around windows and doors, and through the walls in its attic and crawl spaces.
That’s like leaving a window wide open in the dead of winter!
The good news is that you can tame those air leaks without spending a lot of money by weatherizing your home. Weatherizing is one of the most cost-effective investments you can make in-home energy efficiency – especially when it’s done in combination with installing high-efficiency heating equipment.
But how – and where – do you weatherize? Let’s take a look.
Use this list as a reference of the many places to check for air leaks around your home. For more weatherization and air sealing tips and facts, check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s website.
Exterior windows and doors
Looking for more ways to save energy in your Connecticut or Westchester County home? Contact the heating pros at Westmore for expert advice on high-efficiency heating system installations and heating service plans for your furnace or boiler.