How-To Cut Cooling Costs by Sealing Your Home
There’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