Home Efficiency

Whether it’s summer or winter‚ energy moves through the walls‚ roof and cracks of your home. Either cool air conditioned air is lost to the outside during the summer or cold winter air is finding its way into your home during the winter.

Where does a home lose heat energy? You can generally categorize it into five areas:

* Ceilings
* Walls
* Floors and Below Grade Space
* Windows and Doors
* Infiltration (air leakage)

Heat is lost to infiltration and air loss by over 3 times the amount it is lost due to ceilings. These categories generally stack up this way in terms of % heat loss in a home:

* Infiltration / Air Leakage: 35%
* Windows and Doors: 18%-20%
* Floors and Below Grade Space: 15%–18%
* Walls: 12%–14%
* Ceilings: 10%

Reducing your air leaks around plumbing vents‚ wall electrical outlets and switches‚ recessed lights exposed to the attic‚ attic stairs‚ vertical plumbing stacks open in the basement and other culprits all allow heated air to be drawn from your home and escape out the roof or other openings.

Bottom Line

Focus on buttoning up your home to air infiltration and leakage first including windows and doors‚ then focus on investing on insulation. Also‚ considering insulating the attic first. Although less heat is lost there than the walls‚ it is much less expensive to insulate the attic than the walls.


Energy Audit

We offer FREE home efficiency audits as part of our services. Contact us today to have us review where you can can big.