It's Never Too Early to Prepare For Winter!!
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
Any day now, the leaves will begin to change and remind us just how much we love the autumn. It is also a indication that winter is right around the corner. What better time to prepare for it than...NOW!
The US Department of Energy indicates that on average, 43% of your energy bill comes from heating and cooling your home. With this much of your utility budget at stake, it is a must to properly seal and insulate your home. Let the experts at Windows on Washington help you prepare for winter with a comprehensive assessment of your home's needs. We will create a customized air sealing and insulation strategy to increase your home’s efficiency, decrease heating and cooling costs, increase the comfort level and maximize your return on investment.
10 Little Known Areas Where Air Sealing and Insulation Can Save you Money
Here are the top 10 areas of your home where proper air sealing and insulation can decrease air leakage to save you money on utility bills.
- Attics - The attic is one of the biggest culprits for air leakage and energy loss in your home. If your attic does not have the proper level of insulation for the climate conditions of your geographic region, you are throwing money away.
- Exhaust Fans and Vents - When vents and fans are not in use, they are most assuredly leaking air.
- Recessed Lighting - Recessed light fixtures are often installed without the proper surrounding insulation.
- Attic Hatch - Many homeowners invest in additional insulation for their attic, but leave the hatch exposed to air leakage.
- Windows - An obvious, but often overlooked, source of air leakage.
- Doors - Like windows, this area is also an obvious source of leakage.
- Electrical Outlets - Electrical outlets located on outside facing walls are commonly overlooked, but notorious for air leakage.
- Air Ducts - Homeowners can lose hundreds of dollars per year through poorly sealed air ducts. Conditioned air escapes through improperly sealed joints and is lost to the unconditioned space where the duct is located.
- Fireplaces - We all enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a crackling fire. But did you know that when not in use, fireplaces draw the conditioned air out of your house through the chimney?
- Basements and Crawl Spaces - When homeowners consider insulating their homes, they often forget about basements and crawl spaces.
There are several do-it-yourself projects that can remedy these 10 issues by decreasing air leakage and saving you money. Click here for more information about these DIY opportunities.
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