Why Energy Efficiency From Top to Bottom Is Important
With fall coming to an end, many homeowners are beginning the process of looking back on how their year has panned-out and determining ways in which to improve things for 2015. The importance of maintaining strong financial health simply cannot be overlooked, and it’s especially pertinent when it comes to your average seasonal monthly energy bill. Once crunching the numbers, many people find that they are indeed overspending and can’t bear the thought of having to go through another year forking-out money they don’t have.
Everyone wants year-round comfort out of their home without having to pay a sky-high energy bill. With this in mind, there’s nothing more important than improving your home’s attic and basement before cooler temperatures begin to set in.
Why Attics and Basements are First Priorities
When most people take their home’s energy-efficiency into consideration, they’re thinking about easily-identifiable factors. Leaky doors and windows, for example, are right in front of you and simply to fix if need be. It’s not uncommon, however, for attics and basements to be left out of the conversation, yet both can have a profound effect on your home’s ability to keep energy from escaping. As heat rises, it makes its way through ceilings and into the attic, where eventually it is able to escape to the exterior of the home. It should stand to reason, then, that poorly-insulated attics can be problematic no matter how well-built a home is.
While attics can easily factor into energy-efficiency issues, basements have just as noticeable an effect. As hot air escapes from leaky attics, it pulls cold air down into the basement, creating an endless cycle and effectively turning your home into a drafty machine of sorts. Although the two systems seem as if they’re separate from one another, attics and basements work hand-in-hand, and the end result can compromise your home’s energy-efficiency
The Solution: Air-sealing and Insulating Your Home
It may seem as if stopping the cycle of cold air entering your home can be a difficult process, but there are a few simple tricks that can help you to to stop a drafty home system in its tracks. These include:
Insulating and air-sealing your attic and basement — Insulation and air-sealing can both help to keep warm air from escaping your attic, which will effectively put a stop to the cycle that allows cold air to enter your basement. This is a major reason why many older homes which lack proper insulating factors struggle with heat-loss.
Installing energy-efficient windows — Leaky windows can cause energy loss to occur at any time of the day, regardless of what part of the house they’re in. By installing new energy-efficient windows, you can help to keep this issue at bay.
Conducting a home audit — A home energy audit is used to determine areas in which your home could benefit from improvements that can lead to more pronounced, noticeable levels of energy-efficiency.
Winter will be here before you know it, which means there’s no time to waste in getting the efficiency of your home up to speed. Contact California Energy Services today to learn more about how we can help.