Heat can enter your house in several ways:
Radiation: Sunlight is a form of radiation that enters your home through windows and heats up the objects and surfaces it touches.
Conduction: Heat can transfer through materials that are in contact with each other. For example, heat can transfer from a warm outside surface of your house to a cooler inside surface.
Convection: Hot air rises and cold air sinks. This creates a cycle of air movement known as convection. Warm air can enter your home through leaks and gaps in the walls and windows, while cold air can enter through openings near the floor.
Infiltration: Air can also enter your home through cracks and openings in the walls, floors, HVAC duct boots, “Can” and recess lights in the ceiling, Plumbing underneath sinks, improperly sealed Doors, Attic hatch entrance, Stairways, and more. This can bring in heat or cold air depending on the outside temperature.
Understanding how heat enters your home can help you identify areas where you may be losing heat and take steps to improve insulation and sealing to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.
What's the Cost of an Energy-Inefficient Home?
The cost of energy for a poorly insulated home can vary widely depending on a number of factors, including the size of the home, the level of insulation, and the local climate. However, it is generally estimated that a poorly insulated home can cost homeowners anywhere from 10% to 50% more energy costs than a properly insulated home.
Poor insulation can cause your heating and cooling systems to work harder and consume more energy, leading to higher energy bills. Additionally, drafts and air leaks can make it more difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, leading to the need for more frequent heating or cooling.
Free Energy Audit
If you suspect that your home may be poorly insulated, it is a good idea to have an energy audit performed to identify areas where energy is being lost and to determine the most cost-effective ways to improve insulation and energy efficiency. Making improvements such as adding insulation, sealing air leaks, and upgrading windows and doors can result in significant energy savings over time.
Call Good Home Insulation today and find out how much money we can save you!