Are you looking for a way to save money without spending a lot of money? Improving the insulation in your home is a great way to invest a little and get a big return. However, if your old home is lacking insulation in areas besides the attic and crawl space, you may find is more costly to install more traditional forms of insulation in the finished walls of the home. These areas can’t be neglected but they also can’t be torn down and rebuilt at a reasonable cost. You need to look into blown-in insulation instead. Ease of installation and flexibility are what this type of insulation has over the traditional batts and rolls.
Leaky House Loses
Blown-in insulation can be installed quickly into nearly any space. A fresh layer can be spread over old batts and rolls in the attic or crawl space. Leaky walls can be packed full within a matter of a couple hours and the results will last for years and years. You will eliminate leaks and drafts that are common in homes that suffer from heat loss in the winter and heat gain during the summer. This could help you conserve the heat and cooling that you pay so much for every month and with the savings you will recoup the lost cost of the insulation installation within a couple of seasons. Don’t let a leaky house hold you back from saving big bucks
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A fireplace is a wonderful feature to have in a home but it can waste a lot of energy if you don’t remember to close the damper when the fireplace is not in use. The damper is there to help get rid of the combustion fumes created by the fireplace. It is designed to suck air out of fireplace and subsequently out of the home. When the damper is left open after the fire is put out, it continues to pull air from inside the home. Even with the grates closed, you could lose tons of costly heat through the damper. We all like to cuddle up around fires, but they are not a practical source of heat. Once you are done enjoying its ambiance, please remember to close the damper! This small yet commonly forgotten task can and will help you avoid excess heat loss up the chimney.
Bathroom and Kitchen Fans
There is also another area in the home where you could be pumping all of the hot air outdoors. The bathroom and kitchen fans are designed to expel bad smells and excess moisture from the home, but if left on for longer than necessary, you could also expel the heat. Be sure that you only operate your bathroom fan or over the oven fan when absolutely necessary. All that warm air that is escaping will be replaced by cold outside air as the negative pressure you are creating pulls in cold air through other leaks in the home’s envelope. Forgetting these two simple tips will make the HVAC system work harder to keep your home warm this winter, and no one wants to pay more than they have to on their energy bills.
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