We all know how a chimney works: Hot air rises, carrying smoke and soot up and out through the roof. The vacuum draws cooler air at hearth level to feed the flames. Most people agree that fireplaces are charming and cozy, and do a lot for a home’s ambiance, but the term “chimney effect” also describes how your home leaks air and feels drafty.
Gaps Allow Air to Move from the Bottom of Your Home to the Top
The chimney effect (also called the “stack effect”), as applied to home heating and cooling, explains how in winter, our heated air rises through gaps in the roof and upper floor, drawing cooler air inside from gaps along the foundation due to pressure imbalances. In summer, the process is reversed, though the pressure differences occur to a lesser degree.
The taller your home, the more it acts like a chimney; the taller the column of air, the more pressure the column exerts on air exchange.
Sealing Gaps Will Reduce the Chimney Effect
If your winter bills aren’t reflecting the return on investment you’ve put into your heating and cooling systems, or your home feels drafty and uncomfortable, it’s likely that improper sealing is the culprit. An experienced energy consultant can help you identify these common “problem spots” to ensure your money isn’t quite literally slipping away.
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Thermoscan Technology Pinpoints Air Leaks
Before you can seal any gaps, you must find them. Because air is invisible, it’s hard to know exactly where these leaks in your home exist. At A+ Insulation, during our home energy evaluation, we use Thermoscan technology to seek out these less-than-obvious points of air leakage. Some of the most common leak points include:
- Plumbing traps
- Air ducts
- Recessed lighting
- Dirt floor basements: chimney effect also compounds risk of radon gas
- Improper roof & eave venting
- Appliance vents
- Combustion furnaces
- Foundation gaps
- Wiring courses
- Doors & windows
If you need help reducing the chimney effect in your home, give A+ Insulation a call at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 or contact us online. Our professionals will perform a free home energy audit to find exactly where your home is leaking energy!
While lack of Insulation is not a visible problem in your home, it can be a very uncomfortable and costly problem. According to NAIMA (North American Insulation Manufacturers Association), 90% of homes in the U.S. are under-insulated. Insufficient insulation causes excessive heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Homeowners seeking to prevent such costly heat gains and losses should invest in upgrading their insulation.
Related Read: 9 Signs Your Home Is Under-Insulated
The best time to schedule an insulation upgrade is in the spring. Here are three reasons why spring is a good time to insulate your home:
1. Easier Scheduling
Most people don’t even think about insulating until it’s either really cold or really hot. Typically, when air conditioning bills skyrocket, it brings the problem front and center for them. That’s why summer is the busiest time of the year for insulation companies. By scheduling in the spring, you’ll get a jump on the crowds and have your home insulated earlier rather than later ensuring better comfort and more savings.
The whole point of getting your home insulated is to prevent heat gain in the summer (and heat loss in the winter), which would be counterproductive if you waited until the summer to schedule your insulation upgrade. Spring is ideal because the weather is more pleasant and enjoyable, and not as extreme. Getting your home insulated during the spring assures that your home doesn’t overheat while the work is going on.
3. Summer Savings
Insulating your home during the spring before the summer heat allows you to reap the benefits all summer long. Typically, energy bills for the summer are high because of the heat. However, homeowners who thought ahead and insulated their homes in the spring will find that their energy bills are significantly lower. Better insulation means less heat gain, which means you’ll be able to set the AC where you usually do, and it will kick on less often. Plus, you’ll be just as comfortable.
If you’re thinking about insulating your home, give us a call at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 to schedule insulation installation or schedule online.
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Here in Kansas City we get all extremes of weather. Unfortunately, the vast changes in temperature result in climbing energy bills. Escape rising energy costs by investing in proper insulation for your home.
Most homes are not well insulated (the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) estimates roughly 90 percent of existing U.S. homes are under-insulated) . What does this mean for homeowners? Homeowners spend needless amounts of money in heating costs and their family suffers the discomfort of a drafty home. A properly insulated home is cozy and will cost less to heat. According to Houselogic, you can save up to $600 a year by improving your attic insulation from an R-11 to an R-49.
How Much Heat Are Your Windows Losing?
Windows can account for anywhere from 10- 25% of a home’s heat loss. A poorly insulated window will allow warm air to escape through any gaps along the window frame. This starts a chain reaction of heat loss in a room. Warm air will continually be pulled towards the leaking windows and the result is a chilly room. Oftentimes homeowners make the mistake of replacing windows instead of insulating them. This is a costly choice. Your windows can become energy efficient by simply investing in proper insulation and weatherization.
How Much Warm Air Does Insulation Keep In?
Poor insulation allows warm air to leak out through the attic and roof. These two areas are notorious for heat loss. Roughly 25% of a home’s heat seeps out through the attic and roof. That’s why we always recommend that it’s the first place you start when insulating your home! A quality attic insulation installer will know to make sure to seal areas such as vents, around light fixtures, and other energy drains. Remember, any gap in insulation will allow heat to escape.
For more information about how insulation can save you money, contact A+ Insulation online or call us at (913) 648-9290 today.