Heat Loss

Download (Right Click, Save As...)

Did you know that 35 percent of all heat lost in your home occurs through holes, and about 7 percent of your heat is lost through poor attic insulation? So correcting both of those issues can reduce your heating costs by about 40 percent. That’s just by filling the holes in your house and insulating your attic properly.

Start by sealing the gaps in your attic at pipe and duct penetrations with caulk. Add gaskets to electric outlets and switches on exterior walls, and use foam to seal holes where drain pipes penetrate floors and walls. Then check weather stripping at all your doors and windows.

Finally, add insulation in your attic and crawl spaces to bring the R-value up to the minimum standards for your area. You can find these standards at energystar.gov under the “home improvement” tab.


Please Leave a Comment

We want to hear from you! In addition to posting comments on articles and videos, you can also send your comments and questions to us on our contact page or at (800) 946-4420. While we can't answer them all, we may use your question on our Today's Homeowner radio or TV show, or online at todayshomeowner.com.

Heat Loss