The GTA is feeling frosty this week! We were just getting used to the unusually mild January temperatures when February came in COLD. Since it hasn’t been this cold out up until now, you may not have noticed heat loss throughout your home. But with day after day varying from -10 to -15 degrees, you will definitely start to feel cooler at home if you’re experiencing heat loss indoors.
One of the biggest problems and main indicator of heat loss is the resulting high energy bills. Heat escapes from your home and your furnace is forced to work almost non-stop to try and maintain a warm temperature indoors.
Heat tends to be lost in 4 main ways:
- Through poorly insulated walls, floors and attic
- Out windows and doors and the cracks and holes around them
- From leaky ducts that fail to distribute warm air properly
- Through improperly sized home comfort systems
The first step to combating heat loss is to invest in proper insulation throughout your home. Good roof and attic insulation should be at the top of your list. Once complete, you will notice much better heat retention and significantly lower energy bills!
Next: ensure that your walls and floor are also well insulated and that any holes in your ducts are sealed. Make sure to check for cracks around your windows and doors and seal them with caulking.
This should improve your heat loss situation drastically. If you’re still noticing the bills adding up, look to your furnace. It’s much more common than you think for homeowners to be suffering through the winter season with an improperly sized furnace! Whether it’s too big or too small, an incorrectly sized furnace will not generate heat appropriately for your home. A heating and cooling professional can assess your unit and inform you on next steps.
A1 Air Conditioning & Heating’s home comfort specialists are ready to help you combat heat loss effectively and efficiently. Contact us today if you suspect problems with warm air distribution through your home or if you have any other questions — A1 Cares!