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Where am I Losing Heat in my Home?

With all the effort you take to ensure your home is warm during these cold, Kansas City winters, finding out that heat is escaping your home can be quite frustrating. AB May is here to help with solutions to keep heat inside your home and dollars inside your wallet. You might be asking yourself:

Where is Heating Escaping my Home?

Even when your home is well-insulated, there are still little cracks and gaps where heat can escape. Common places can include attic holes, access hatches, windows, and doors. Holes in your ceiling meant to accommodate pipes, ducts, and vents can release a ton of heat. Ceiling openings that allow access from a living area to an unheated attic can account for almost 30% of heat loss. Air leaks from windows and doors are usually a major source of heat loss in your home.

How Do I Stop Heat from Escaping my Home?

Of course, once you find the problem areas that are allowing precious heat to leave your home, you’re going to want (read: need) to improve those spots. Venture to your attic to seal any holes with general-purpose caulk or foam spray. Install weather-stripping on the edges of any access hatches that lead to your attic and insulate the backside of the attic door to prevent heat from moving into a cold space. If there are drafts coming from your windows and doors, install or replace the weather-stripping and use indoor caulk to seal off any other spots allowing cold air in and warm air out.

What if My Home isn't heating evenly?

Have you ever noticed or heard complaints that some rooms are glacial while others are scorching? Ideally, temperatures should remain fairly consistent throughout your home. Here are some ways to make sure that it does:

Check air vents.

You can use air vents or registers as a way to control the flow of air. If one room usually becomes heated very quickly and gets too hot, you can close that room’s register, which will push the warm air to another room. Also, you could close the vents to rooms you are not using.

Windows

Often, older windows have leaks in the frame. If you have drafty windows, you may want to re-caulk to seal the window frame from air leaks. A draft stopper is another good idea.

Doors
If you feel drafts around your door doors installing weatherstripping will also help seal air leaks. Draft stoppers can be helpful here as well.

Insulation
Not enough insulation in the walls or the attic can cause your home to lose a lot of heat. It is a good idea to check to see if you need to add more insulation to your home.

AB May has been serving Kansas City and the surrounding area since 1959. We are locally owned and operated so you can trust us to provide you with the best service possible. For heating system repairs or more information on keeping heat from escaping your home, call us today at 913-370-4898.