Caribbean Homes : Upgrading Energy Efficiency
Do you know that by letting heat escape through improperly sealed windows and doors, you are wasting money on higher energy bills?If we were to spend just a couple of hours twice a year, we can find ways to make the outside of our home more energy efficient. At first it may seem overwhelming, but it is time well spent. The savings on your energy bills will be well worth it.
Here are a few culprits that can drive energy bills higher:
By not properly sealing windows and doors, you are letting way too much of the heat in your home to escape. To save money on your heating bills, find and fill any drafts in your home.
Do a walk around the outside of your home and observe if there are any areas that need to be sealed. Because our home exteriors are constructed with more than one material, be sure to look where these different materials come together, like the foundation and exterior brick. Also check where the chimney joins your aluminum siding. Be sure to look at all the outside corners of your home also.
You must seal any and all cracks in the exterior of your home. Find the appropriate materials to seal your home. Do the job right the first time. Your work will last longer when it is done with the right materials.
Inspection of exterior pipes and faucets are a must. Exterior plumbing fixtures must be sealed all around leaving no gaps. Windows and doors should be checked during the inspection. Caulk any gaps and make sure they have a tight seal.
You can eliminate leaks by mounting your air conditioners into the wall instead of window mounts. Ensure that there are no gaps around your air conditioners. Look at getting a vinyl or plastic cover to place over the outside of your unit during the cold months. This will prevent drafts through the unit during the winter.
Check to make sure your home is properly insulated. This will save you an incalculable amount of money. Thoroughly inspect the attic. Your attic must have a vapor barrier under the insulation to be effective. Water vapor passes through the ceiling. Excessive moisture can lead to ineffective insulation and future structural damage. Look at the different vapor barriers that can prevent this from happening. For your home to be energy efficient, make sure all gaps are sealed.
If it is economically feasible, replace your doors and windows with energy efficient models. The initial investment will be justified by lower energy bills. The cost to heat your home during the cold months, makes ensuring that the exterior of your home is properly sealed is a necessity.
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