Follow this easy checklist to inspect the most common ways that your home could be loosing heat. Start contributing to this downward trend of spending less to keep your home warm today!
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Step 1: Up the Chimney
You don’t have to live with that. Close the flue — block it off completely so you get no leaks — and replace it with a vent-free gas fireplace or electric fireplace insert. They might not produce as much heat as a roaring wood fire, but the heat they produce won’t be lost up the chimney.
Consider what else an electric fireplace will save you besides the cost of firewood:
- the hassle of finding firewood and getting it pulled up by the house; the time and
- exertion of chopping your own wood, if you do that sort of thing; and the extra
- safety of eliminating a pile of dry, flammable wood right next to your home.
Step 2: Under-insulated Attics
So how much insulation is enough? Take a flashlight up into your attic space and look around. In a well-insulated attic, according to ENERGY STAR, the insulation should rise above the top of the floor joists. So if the insulation on the “floor” of the attic is level with or below the top of the floor joists, you need more. Make sure you check along the edges, too, because you might find some low spots in the insulation that need reinforcement.
The people at your local hardware store can help you find the best insulation for your area, but keep in mind that your supplemental insulation does not have to be the same as the insulation already laid down.
Step 3: Electrical Outlets on Exterior Walls
To check for a leak, light up an incense stick. When you have a nice vertical streak of aromatic smoke from the incense, move the stick slowly near the edges of windows, doors, electrical outlets and any other places you suspect cold air is creeping in and watch the smoke. An air leak will disrupt the incense smoke, so remember: If the smoke doesn’t streak, you’ve found a leak.