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Common Areas Of Home Heat Loss And How You Can Remedy Them For Winter Weather

by Ryan Wright

One of the biggest threats to your home is the weather and its adverse effects it can have on your home's interior environment. Protecting the interior of your home consists of maintaining the outside of your home, including its roof and siding, along with preventing its loss of interior heat through cracks and gaps. Here are some of the most common areas of your home where you may be losing winter heat and how you can repair them.

Garage Space and Exterior Walls

A garage provides a great place for storage and parking of your vehicles, but it can be a source of heat loss in your home when the garage walls are not properly insulated. Unless your garage is detached from your home, it is going to share a common wall with your home. Your home's garage door is not fully sealed and allows cold air to infiltrate your garage space, which lowers the temperature inside your garage. And on the coldest days, improper insulation of your garage walls and ceiling (if you have a living space built above it) will pull heat through the walls and ceiling and out through your garage.

This section of your home's wall that connects to the garage needs to have insulation of an R-value that is similar to your home's exterior walls. And depending on the climate and area you live in the U.S., you may need to make sure the insulation R-value is sufficient. For example, if you live in the northern U.S., you may need to update your home's exterior walls to at least R-49 to R-60.

Talk to an insulation professional about this concern, and they can check your wall's insulation level. If the insulation is insufficient you can have the insulation technician supplement the insulation. If your garage's walls are finished, you may consider adding spray foam insulation, which can be added through small openings in your wall, as it expands to fill the entire cavity behind the wall to prevent heat transfer.

Doors and Windows

As you are considering hiring an insulation specialist to check your home's insulation levels, you may also want to have a home energy audit completed on your entire home. During a home energy audit, the professional will check your doors and windows for heat loss. You can have this type of energy audit completed for free by your local utility company, or you can hire a specialist to complete it.

Whether your home is older or was built more recently, you might be surprised at how much heat you are losing from its doors or windows. When you can feel cold air when you stand next to your windows, your home is losing heat, and if you can see daylight shining around the frame of your exterior door, you are likely losing heat through it also. A door that has an improper seal can allow heat to pass through the space in addition to allowing bugs, spiders, and mice to enter your home.

Fortunately, you can correct any deficiencies around your door by adding weather stripping of a proper width to plug the gap. Or you can hire an insulation professional to update and correct the problem. You can also add to your home's windows to stop energy loss. Upgrade your home's windows by replacing them with low-emissive windows, or add storm windows to your home's existing windows. As a less-expensive option, you can add plastic window sealant to your window's interior to seal off any energy leaks, or install and use lined draperies to block off heat loss during winter. Be sure to open draperies during the day to let in direct sunlight and its solar heat gain.

For more information, get in touch with a company such as All Weather Insulation.