heat loss

heat loss

Is your heating system on but your home is still chilly? Are you turning the heat up higher than usual? If you’ve experienced this, your home could be losing heat. When your home is losing heat, it causes your heater to work harder than it should.

Don’t let your paid for heat continue to escape, learn what the signs of heat loss are so you can take action and fix them.

High heating bill – Is your heating bill much higher than average? If so, this could be a sign your heat is escaping. It could be escaping through your roof, cracks in the doors or windows. Feel around your home for a cold draft and stop the culprit.

Cold draft – If you get cold sitting next to windows in your home or feel cold air, this means you are losing your warm air. Your warm air is going out the window, allowing cold air to enter. You can fix windows and doors by applying new weather stripping. Consider installing storm windows or applying a plastic covering to your windows. Using a draft stopper or door sweep at the bottom of your door will keep warm air in and cold air out.

Air movement from turned off registers – A leaky duct can be responsible for cold drafts entering your home from your register. The leaky duct will pull your warm air out and bring cold air into your home. A leaky duct can be fixed by being resealed.

Cold spots – Have you noticed that certain spots in your home are colder than others? Cold air is entering through a gap in your home somewhere. The gap can be located by a simple eye and feel test. Look for cracks in the space where the wall in connected to the floor on the outside of your home. Exterior cracks can be fixed with caulking. Electrical outlets can also be the source. To stop the cold draft from entering through your electrical outlets install a foam panel (which acts as installation) underneath your outlet cover.

Ice damming or icicles – If your home has a lot of icicles hanging off of your roof or gutters, this is a sign that your heat is escaping through your roof. Heat rises and slips through any crack to cooler air. The escaped heat heats the roof causing the snow on top to melt. The melted snow gathers and cools in gutters, bottom edge of the roof or roof eves and turns into ice. This means your attic might not be properly insulated. The proper insulation will keep your heat from escaping.

If you find none of these problems apply to your home, the problem could be with your heating system. Remember, your heater needs a tune up one time per year. For any problems with your heater, call Gillece!