Do you have any idea where heat is escaping from your home? Doors and windows are usually the first things people think about when it comes to escaping heat, but those aren’t the only places heat might be leaking out of your home.
Whether you have a heat pump, furnace, or both, retaining heat saves energy and is less taxing on home heating equipment. In this article, we’ll highlight some of the biggest culprits for residential heat loss and share a few suggestions for how to get things under control!
Start with an Airflow Diagnostic Test
If you have a heat pump and aren’t sure where heat is escaping or if home heat loss is even a problem, you might want to consider performing an air flow diagnostic test. In addition, you may be able to discover any air flow circulation problems that are plaguing your HVAC system.
Where Does Heat Escape from a Home?
- Attic & Roof
Use Your Hand to Feel for Heat Loss
Aside from performing an air flow diagnostic test, try simply running your hand along windows, doors, and other areas to feel for cold air coming into the house or hot air exiting the home from outside. If you feel a small amount of cold air coming through a crack in your door, try to keep in mind that this little bit of air can really add up over the course of an entire winter.
Any time heat escapes from your home, your heating system is losing energy efficiency and is forced to work harder than necessary. Improving HVAC efficiency can potential lead to lower energy bills and longer life for the system.
Snow on the Roof Can Be a Good Sign
The next time we get a good snow here in Richmond, Virginia, keep an eye on how long it takes for snow to melt on the shady side of your roof. Does it melt faster than your neighbors?
Very generally speaking, if the snow on your roof melts faster than the other houses in your neighborhood, you might be losing a significant amount of heat through the roof, but keep in mind that there could easily be other contributing factors at play.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
If your home still has one of those old turn-the-dial style thermostats, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Modern thermostats can be programmed to automatically increase and decrease a home’s temperature based on occupancy schedules.
If you’re going to be away from your home for more than four hours, turning down the thermostat by about 5 degrees can save energy over course of a winter. Smart Thermostats, like the Ecobee, are helping taking modern thermostats to the next level, by allowing homeowners to control their thermostat through a smartphone app.
A programmable thermostat can be set up to drop the temperature of a house after everyone leaves for work and school and get the temperature back to normal by the time everyone comes home, so you aren’t coming home to a cold house.
Prevent Heat Loss in Your Richmond Home
If you’re thinking about purchasing new heating equipment this winter, be sure to check out our RVA Heat Pump Buying Guide!
For those living in Central Virginia, contact us to assess heat losses in your residential home. We can offer suggestions that will improve air flow, help keep more heat in your home, and discover potential problem areas.