Losing heat when you turn on your heater could result in a higher energy bill and reduced efficiency of your HVAC system. If you have noticed that it is taking longer to heat up your home or that there is a spike in your energy bill, it is likely due to losing heat. Here are some common areas in the home that might be the culprit.
Holes and Cracks Around Windows
One of the most common places to find heat loss is around your windows. There are multiple causes for this. The first cause is when there are cracks or gaps between the window frame and the wall. Over time, the frame might pull from the wall slightly, which can cause that tiny gap where air escapes. There might also be a gap between the window glass and the trim around the glass. If you have weatherstripping on your windows, that could be wearing away and causing some loss of heat. There may also be small holes or cracks in the window glass itself.
The next area of your home that might cause you to lose heat is underneath the doors. Check all doors that lead outside, including your front door, door to the garage, and the doors that lead out to a patio or balcony. Like with the windows, look for gaps or cracks around the door first. The trim of the door might have some wear or considerable cracks, which offers the heat a place to escape. Also look at the size of the gap beneath the door. If there is a large gap there, you may need to have a contractor install a new door or work on the bottom trim to reduce that gap. This bottom area is called a threshold, and can solve your heat loss problems.
You may not consider the fixtures in your home to have any effect on heat loss, but they can if they are in a certain place. For example, check all fixtures attached to the ceiling. This includes pendant lamps, chandeliers, and ceiling fans. The area where they are attached to the ceiling might have a small gap between the hole in the ceiling and where the lighting fixture or fan is installed. This tiny gap gives heat a way to escape and makes it more difficult to heat up your home. The same can be said for fixtures on the wall.
If you need to make changes to your fixtures or look further into the source of your heating loss, contact a company like Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc.