Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How to Winterize Your Home And Cut Heating Costs, by The Washington Post

Here is part of the referenced article from last week's post, 2013: The Year of the Seal.
The full article, directly from The Washington Post's website, can be found here.

Here are some other tips on how you can winterize your home:
Seal ducts. Along with installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, homeowners can save as much as 20 percent by correctly sealing the air shafts between walls and floors that distribute air in those units, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Sealing ducts, according to the EPA, can not only help homeowners heat their homes more evenly but also save them as much as $140 a year in energy costs.
Tanner said he sees a lot of clients with duct problems. “There’s usually a room they can’t keep hot or cold.” In most cases, he said, “it’s the air delivery system.” For his clients, “the number one concern is comfort,” said. “It’s usually about air movement in the house. The trick is to get the air where it’s supposed to go. In most cases, the duct system is inadequate as a result of original construction,” he said.
Replace air filters and clean your heating system, or have it professionally cleaned and inspected. Dirt and neglect are the main causes of system failure, according to the EPA. You don’t want to be one of the many calling the heating service company the first night a cold snap strains your furnace or heat pump.
Air seal your home. There are a number of companies that will provide energy assessments and identify leaks. Complete air sealing includes the entire outer shell of the structure, including the attic, the exterior walls and the foundation.