Four Common Places Where Homes Lose Heat

Posted on: 30 November 2016

Have your heating bills skyrocketed? Do certain rooms feel cold even though the rest of the house is warm? Chances are, your home is losing heat. Here's a look at four common places where homes lose heat, and what you can do to address each problem.

Around Windows

As your home ages and settles, the windows can start sealing less tightly into their frames. The windows may also loosen from their sashes, creating space between the glass and the vinyl (or wood) that surrounds it. Check around your windows for any gaps or loose panes. If you do find gaps, you can temporarily fix them by pressing some rope caulk into the crevice. In the long run, you may want to consider replacing your windows to reduce heat loss.

Under Doors

Most doors these days come with vinyl or rubber "sweepers" along their bottoms. These sweepers ensure the door extends all of the way to the floor so cold air can't blow in underneath it. If your door is very old, it may not have a sweeper, and sweepers can break off of newer doors, too. You can purchase a new sweeper at the hardware store and attach it to your door with a strong wood glue. Another option is to just place a door snake (which is a long, stuffed fabric tube) across the base of the door when it's closed.

Crevices Around Cords and Pipes

Is there empty space around any pipes or cords leading into your home? These little gaps can allow for a surprising amount of heat loss. You can seal off the small ones by pressing some rope caulk into them. (You may have to roll the rope caulk into a ball first.) Larger ones can be sealed with some spray foam insulation in a can from the local hardware store. The foam starts as a liquid and will expand to fill the space in the crevice.

Cantilevered Overhangs

Does a specific room feel cold? Is the floor of that room a cantilevered overhang? There's a good chance the floor of the overhang is not insulated properly. This is a common oversight by inexperienced builders or those looking to cut corners to save time. Feel the floor on a cold day. If it's notably colder than the other floors in your home, it's probably not insulated. You can have the floor insulated after-the-fact with spray foam insulation, which can be inserted through a few small holes along the edges of the floor boards.

For more information, contact companies like Weather-Tek Home Remodeling Center.