Did you know that heat loss in your home translates into higher energy bills? Here’s a list of your home’s areas that are most prone to heat loss.

More than half of the energy consumption in a typical US household comes from heating and air conditioning home.1 

Heat loss in your home can be a major problem, especially during the cold months. Homes that lose a lot of heat use up a lot of time and energy to heat it up, more so for large rooms. 

Preventing heat loss from some areas of your house can make a big difference in your home’s energy usage and, ultimately, the money you spend on energy bills.

Where You Are Losing the Heat in Your Home

  1. Windows and Doors

If the windows in your house are large paned and single glazed or have metal frames, it is likely that you are losing most of your home’s heat from the windows.

Cracks and gaps on the side or below the door are also a common heat loss area.

  1. The Attic

Keeping the attic cold during the winter prevents ice from melting and refreezing in the gutters, causing ice dams. It is also important to prevent the cold attic temperatures from leaking into the rooms below. 

Insulating the space between the attic and the rest of the house ensures that there is airflow between the outside and the attic and that no heat is lost from the house. 

  1. Walls

Walls have the most area of contact between the heated house and the cold outdoors, which is why they are a major culprit of heat loss. It is important to insulate the walls and continuously check that the insulation material isn’t worn off. 

  1. Basement and Floors

You might have overlooked the basement while insulating the house as you often use it for storage. This is, however, a mistake as its large surface area makes it very susceptible to heat loss. 

Heat loss in the basement transcends to heat loss in the living area above and makes it harder and more expensive to keep the house heated.

  1. The Chimney

With the unrestricted airflow through the chimney, it is a critical area of heat loss in cold months. Using a chimney balloon when it gets cold outside is an effective option.

Top Ways to Prevent Heat Loss in Homes

To reduce your heating expenses, ensure that you:

Links to sources used

  1. Energy use in homes – https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/use-of-energy/homes.php