Winter heating bills can be tough on a household budget, but you can take steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency. In addition to making sure that your heating equipment is in top operating condition, you can do some home sealing to limit energy loss. DIY home sealing is possible, but professional home sealing may be useful for out-of-reach areas or spaces that involve electrical and HVAC equipment.
What Is Sealing Your Home?
Home sealing involves stopping leaks and limiting points of energy loss. Simple home sealing products include caulk and weatherstripping materials. These are used to ensure that leaky spaces around windows and doors are filled. You can apply caulking or silicone with a small tube, placing the material and using some dish soap on your finger to smooth the product without leaving a messy appearance. These products fill gaps effectively, but they can become brittle over time. If you need to complete a large-scale sealing job, you may need to invest in a caulking gun and larger tubes of the material.
Similarly, weatherstripping can become brittle and cracked with age and may need occasional replacement. You can purchase the material to keep on hand for emergency replacements. Adhesive strips make it easy to place the product on doors and in other relevant spots.
When Is Professional Home Sealing Needed?
If you can’t reach some of the windows in your home, you may want to enlist the efforts of a professional to ensure that upper windows are sealed appropriately. Additionally, a professional can evaluate the insulation in your attic and near your HVAC ducts, making recommendations for supplemental or replacement materials as needed. Although it may be possible to place some insulating materials on your own, it’s imperative that electric and HVAC equipment in the area be given sufficient clearance. Too much insulation or too little breathing space in your attic can lead to problems with your roof being too hot, posing the potential of ice damming and roof damage.
Financial Benefits of Home Sealing
According to Energy Star, you can trim up to 10 percent from your heating and cooling costs by performing thorough energy sealing. It’s important to review your sealing materials each year to ensure that compromised material is replaced. Additionally, you can consider enlisting the help of an HVAC contractor to do an energy audit to pinpoint further issues affecting your home’s energy performance.
Don’t Forget Annual Maintenance
High energy bills can be attributed to many factors, and HVAC equipment that isn’t well-maintained can prevent you from reaching optimum energy efficiency levels. In addition to the impact on your utility bills, an annual furnace tune-up can help in keeping your repair issues limited while ensuring good comfort levels. Optimizing your home for the winter should include both equipment maintenance and energy sealing efforts.
The Lincolnwood, IL, team at Gartner Heating & Cooling is prepared to help with any of your energy efficiency concerns. We can inspect and service your furnace for optimum winter performance. We can also provide a home energy performance evaluation and professional sealing services. Call our office to schedule your appointment today.