Weatherizing Your Home
To be able to ensure the maximum efficiency standards for your home throughout the year it is a good idea to weatherize your home each year. In addition, you should also take make efforts to minimize pollution from inside sources within your home. Signs of inadequate ventilation include stuffy air, moisture condensation on cold surfaces, or mold and mildew growth.
Top 15 Ways to Weatherize Your Home. Valuable tips that will improve the efficiency of your air conditioning and heating system and increase the comfort of your home.
- In The Attic – Weatherstrip and insulate the attic access door.
- Seal around the outside of the chimney with metal flashing and a high-temperature sealant such as flue caulk.
- Seal around plumbing vents, both in the attic floor and in the roof. Check roof flashings (where the plumbing vent pipes pass through the roof) for signs of water leakage while you are viewing the underside of the roof.
- Have Radiant Barrier installed in the rafters or joists of the attic. This will reflect up to 97 percent of the radiant heat that strikes it.
- Incandescent fixtures should be upgraded to compact bulbs.
- Seal all other holes between the heated space and the attic.
- Replace broken window glass.
- Reputty loose window panes.
- Install new sash locks or adjust existing ones on double-hung and slider windows.
- Caulk on the inside around window and door trim.
- Weather-strip exterior doors, including those to garages and porches.
- Install foam-rubber gaskets behind electrical outlet and switch plates on exterior walls.
- Use paintable or colored caulk around bath and kitchen cabinets on exterior walls.
- Caulk any cracks where the floor meets exterior walls. Such cracks are often hidden cracks behind the edge of the carpet.
- Close the fireplace damper, when not in use. Make sure it closes tightly when a fire isn’t burning.
If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a service call, please feel free to contact the HVAC Heroes at 855-840-5055.