Reducing Your Home Energy Costs – Part 2

February 18th, 2013 by admin

JK Mechanical Reducing Home Energy CostsTesting your home for air leaks is a fairly simple process and will allow you the opportunity to focus your time and resources sealing the areas of your home that are wasting the most energy.

It is best to preform your test on a windy day by lighting an incense stick or a smoke pen and holding it up to windows, electrical boxes, electrical outlets, plumbing fixtures, ceiling fixtures, attic hatches, and other places air may leak. After lighting either item, blow out the flame, creating a stream of smoke. Incoming air will blow the stream of smoke, alerting you to a leak.

Below are some easy, inexpensive ways to tighten up your home and reduce your home energy costs.

  • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
  • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.
  • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
  • Inspect dirty spots in your insulation for air leaks and mold. Seal leaks with low-expansion spray foam made for this purpose and install house flashing if needed.
  • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists, and caulk them.
  • Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane low- emissivity windows.
  • Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.
  • Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
  • Replace door bottoms and thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets.
  • Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.
  • Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces, and gas-fired water heater vents with fire-resistant materials such as sheet metal or sheetrock and furnace cement caulk.

Next post we will talk a little more about weather stripping and caulking, very inexpensive ways of reducing your home energy costs.

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