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Is your home heating the great outdoors instead of keeping you comfortable?

A home that is well insulated should be effective at retaining the heat produced by the furnace or boiler. If your heating system has to work harder than it should to compensate for heat loss, your energy bills will go up. Preventing heat from leaving your home not only helps save you money, it also helps to save the environment. So it’s a win-win situation! Here we’ve compiled some tips to help you discover where your home might be losing heat and how you can remedy the situation.

Generally, your home can lose heat from a number of points, and the percentage of heat loss also varies from home to home, depending on the quality and amount of insulation, the quality of windows, doors and skylights, and other factors. There are also diverse opinions on how much heat can be lost from each of these areas, but they tend to be in the same range. About Home provides the following estimates:

  • Infiltration / Air Leakage / Cracks 35%
  • Windows & Doors 18-20%
  • Floors & Below Grade Areas such as Basements and Crawlspaces 15-18%
  • Walls 12-14%
  • Ceilings / Roof 10%

Tips how to slow down the rate at which heat leaves your home and save money on energy costs

1. Insulation

Improving insulation is one of the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures you can take. Typically, older homes have solid walls as opposed to cavity walls, meaning they have space between the drywall and framing which allows for easy injecting of the insulation.

Depending on the age of your home, you might want to look into what insulation options are available to you, as they may vary for the roof, floor and windows. For floors, you can also install under-floor heating.

2. Draught proofing

Is there an open chimney in your home? Draught proofing can be installed around windows, doors, loft hatches, floor boards etc. There are various methods to this technique, most of which can be done easily by you.

3. Upgrade your heating system

Depending on your energy usage it may be worth installing a new heating system. Boonstra Right Time can help you select an energy-efficient home heating system that is the correct size for your home to provide you with a more economical long-term alternative.

4. Install heating controls such as thermostats

Heating controls allow you to easily regulate the temperature of your home. These controls automatically turn heating on and off based on settings input by the user to ensure maximum comfort. This process moves away from a fixed, traditional timer system and can therefore be used to better control the temperature within your home.

5. Produce your own energy

New solar, wind and hydro technologies will help you reduce your reliance on the grid.

So there you have it  – a brief tutorial on how to limit the amount of heat leaving your home, as well as becoming more energy efficient to save money on bills and do your part for the environment.

Contact Boonstra Right Time for advice regarding your specific home comfort needs. Our experts can help advise you about what options are available to you and what steps you need to take in order to slow down the rate at which heat leaves your home.

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