When it comes to winter home comfort, air leaks are the enemy: they make rooms less comfortable while also forcing your propane furnace or boiler to overwork to keep you warm – all of which leads to higher bills and a shorter lifespan for your heating equipment.
The question is how do you find and eliminate, or at least reduce, those drafts?
A good place to start in your search for air leaks is to become more observant of your living space:
Some draft issues can be handled easily using simple, economical measures such as caulk, door sweeps, or weather-stripping; other problems may require professional intervention. If the latter is the case, consider hiring a qualified technician to conduct an energy audit – particularly a blower door test. This test depressurizes a home, revealing the location of many leaks.
For a little help with air leak prevention, here’s a checklist of measures suggested by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). You can find more energy efficiency and air leak tips at their website: www.energy.gov.
It’s a good idea to check for drafts in your home periodically; it may not be as well insulated as you think! Consider investing in an energy audit for your home, too, so you can take full advantage when you install new high-efficiency heating equipment.
Want more cold weather energy saving ideas? We can help! Contact Advanced Propane today. Advanced Propane Inc. – serving the Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky area from our offices in Lebanon, Cookeville, and Hartsville.
*Try this with your windows, doorways, at the house corners and joints, and even on floorboards.