Since Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, experiences fewer cold days than northern U.S. cities, it is easy to neglect many winter preparation activities. To increase home comfort, it’s important to know ways your home loses heat. Before you face a chilly Florida night, here are some common heat loss culprits that you should address as soon as possible.
Whether your home has a wood or gas-burning fireplace, you may be surprised to learn that this architectural element is a major source of heat loss. With Florida homeowners enjoying mild winters, many fireplaces go unused for much of the season, but that’s bad news if the damper is left open since it allows energy to escape. When not in use, make sure your fireplace damper is closed.
Lack of Insulation
Many persons neglect to add or upgrade insulation. They often mistakenly assume that they don’t need insulation if they are not in an area that experiences severe winter weather. Lack of insulation or insufficient insulation causes you to lose heat across ceilings or walls. Insulation is instrumental in slowing or preventing heat transfer. Contact your trusted HVAC technician for information about where to add insulation.
Modern windows are energy-efficient, but if you own an older home that hasn’t been renovated in recent years, those windows could be causing you to lose heat. A home energy audit can help you to decide if you need to upgrade.
Folding Attic Stairs
If your home features fold-away attic stairs, this could present a source of heat loss. If the gaps around the opening aren’t properly sealed, you may notice a draft coming from the area. If this is the case, invest in an attic stair cover to establish an air seal, which will cut the amount of lost energy year-round.
Air leaks cause your furnace to work harder to keep your home at the desired temperature. Apart from fighting colder temperatures, you will also see higher energy bills.
Call Preferred Air Conditioning today at (561) 202-1422 for all your heating needs. We will help to make sure your home is cozy all winter long.
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