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The Time is near

The time of cooler weather is getting near and according to Dave Murray, we’re supposed to have a really cold one this year? So, now is the time to get your home ready for winter.

I know there is a lot of information out there saying do this, do that or whatever. Instead of getting confused about what to do, I will keep it simple. We will start with air sealing. This is by far, one of the most important aspects of home energy savings. Keeping the air that you pay to heat or cool where you need it is our goal! A one-inch hole in an exterior wall can be equivalent to leaving a window open all winter. The wind will literally pull the conditioned air from your home. This is known as stack effect.

EPA Air Leaks

As you can see from this image, air will find a way into and out of your home. With air sealing, we are going to try and stop that. But where do we start?

First, you must test your home for air-tightness. This can be done very easily by getting yourself an incense stick or smoke pen. Then, on a windy day, take your incense stick or smoke pen and place it near your exterior doors, windows, electrical outlets or boxes, plumbing fixtures (especially under your sinks), ceiling fixtures, attic openings and any other areas where air may leak to the outside. If the smoke stream travels through any of these areas, then you have just found an air leak. The good thing is that most air leaks can be corrected by using just 3 or 4 items;
caulk, foam sealer, weather stripping and maybe some window seal.

CaulkFoam SealerWeather StrippingWindow Seal

Here you can download the Energy Star Air Sealing Guide to help you further. Once you have identified the easy air leaks, go ahead and fix them now.

Next time, we will discuss the ABC’s of air sealing.

Quit spending money on wasted energy!

That’s right, wasted energy.

A simple home energy check could save you hundreds of dollars each year! That’s hundreds of dollars you could be doing something worthwhile with. According to the Energy Information Administration, Missourians spend an average of $2344 each year with nearly half of that amount going to heating and cooling costs. You can view their findings “Household Energy Use in Missouri” here. Many things that can be done over a weekend could help you save up to 25% on your energy costs each year. We like to keep it simple for you. Because in most cases, all the little things can add up to substantial savings each year!

A thermal scan of your home can reveal many secrets your house has been hiding from you. Primarily it will be lack of insulation and air leaks. Most older homes were not properly air sealed because the common thinking was to allow the house to breath. Well, that is the equivalence of leaving a barn door open on the side of your house. I can come into your home and identify most areas that are leaking, then also identify those areas that need more insulation. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

So don’t just sit there! Pick up your phone and give me a call to schedule your Home Energy Check today!