June 14, 2007

How-To Cut Cooling Costs by Sealing Your Home

Rundown_Shack.jpgThere’s a good chance that you’re paying too much to cool and heat your house. In fact, we’d wager 100-1 that your house isn’t as tight as you think it is and that a lot of your precious (and expensive) AC is slipping out through little cracks around your windows, doors and probably up through your attic too.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has a great guide to home energy savings. The article talks about the option of getting an energy audit and it mentions the following places as likely candidates for leaks:

  • Plumbing penetrations through insulated floors and ceilings
  • Chimney penetrations through insulated ceilings and exterior walls
  • Fireplace dampers
  • Attic access hatches
  • Recessed lights and fans in insulated ceilings
  • Wiring penetrations through insulated floors, ceilings, and walls
  • Missing plaster
  • Electrical outlets and switches, especially on exterior walls
  • Window, door, and baseboard moldings
  • Dropped ceilings above bathtubs and cabinets

The article is worth reading to get a general feel for how leaky a house can be and what you can be doing to stop blowing dollar bills out of the shell of your house.

Read the article here.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 14, 2007 5:27 AM


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