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Consider Your Home’s Thermal Envelope

While many homeowners don’t think twice about their home’s thermal envelope, the truth is that it should be on your radar when it comes to heating your home. The thermal envelope of a home includes all the components that shields it from the outdoors. This includes windows, doors, roofing, and even the walls.

A poor thermal envelope can result in dramatic energy loss, losing Indianapolis homeowners hundreds of dollars per year.

Start with the Attic: Beef up Your Insulation

When was the last time you checked in on your attic insulation? Sufficient attic insulation may not be a stationary component of your home, but it makes an impact on your home’s heating bills this fall and winter.

According to Energy Star, you can tell if you have enough attic insulation by taking a quick look at your attic floor. If the insulation is at or below the floor joists, be sure to re-insulate your attic before cold weather arrives.

Check Your Windows for Leaks

Leaky windows can quickly deplete your home of its energy. Air leaks can occur at several points around the window, including the frame, the sash, and where the rail meets the sash. You’ll feel large air leaks with your hand, but small air leaks may require using different methods, such as: 

·       Shake the windows. If they rattle, the frames aren’t secure—which allows water and air to enter your home

·       Inspect the window panes for cracks

·       Tighten locks and cranks on the windows to make sure they are completely closed, which tightens the seal

Add Weather Stripping When Necessary

Weather stripping can help block drafts for both windows and doors. While windows can let air inside your home, doors are another culprit of escaping energy. When checking doors for air leaks, inspect them for cracks and gaps. If you discover gaps, self-adhesive weather stripping may be enough to solve the problem. However, if the issue boils down to the door not fitting properly within its frame, you may need to consider replacement.

No Indianapolis homeowner should be stuck with an inefficient home. Maximize your home’s thermal envelope this year with quality windows, doors, roofing, and more.