Insulation and Ventilation: Tips for Sealing in Heat and Avoiding Stale Air in Winter
Everyone’s concerned about energy efficiency these days. When it comes to finding ways to save money, consider the importance of effective insulation and proper home ventilation. During the winter months, there are many tasks you can tackle to seal in heat, improve indoor air quality and cut costs at the same time.
Correcting Heat Loss
Check around all of your home’s windows and doors for air leaks. If leaks are detected, there are many simple solutions to seal them:
- Caulking and weatherstripping of various types are available to seal windows and doors.
- Foam gaskets can be installed behind wall sockets and light switch plates.
- Foam sealant can be sprayed into large gaps around windows, doors, pipes and baseboards.
- Attic insulation should be a minimum of 12 inches deep, and ductwork should be checked for leaks and proper insulation, as well.
In order to have good air quality, you must have adequate ventilation. Here are several ways to accomplish this:
- An air purifier can remove unwanted bacteria, dust and other allergens that can affect your family’s health.
- A humidifier can keep air quality at just the right humidity level. It makes the air feel warmer, requiring less demand from your furnace.
- Air filters should be checked monthly and changed as dirt begins accumulating on them. Clean air filters maximize your furnace’s efficiency.
- Use exhaust fans to vent your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.
For more information on insulation and ventilation in your Harrisburg home, contact the experts at All Temp Co., Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating.