If your home seems to be like swiss cheese and causing you to have cold feet, improvements to the insulation will help stop air leaks. It is not just the insulation of your home that could be contributing to many of these problems, it is also things like poor materials and lack of modern air barriers. You may want to consider improvements like adding insulation to the attic or encapsulating the crawl space to stop the cold drafts in your home. Here are some of the areas in your home that are likely to cause air leaks and need insulation improvements:
1. Crawl Spaces and Drafts in Your Home That Can Easily Be Stopped
If you have a home on a crawl space, this is often a dark damp place. Even though the floor make have insulation, foundation walls are exposed and the floor is dirt. This is an area where your home is exposed to the elements and cold air. To stop problems with drafts that come from the crawl space, have it incapsulated to seal it off from the outside elements, moisture and cold drafts. Encapsulation is often done to homes with crawl spaces, but it can be done anywhere in your home where there are similar conditions to crawl space foundations, such as partial basements with storage spaces or partial crawl spaces.
2. Hot Air That Goes Through the Attic and Out the Roof Due to Poor Insulation
During the winter months, you want to keep the hot air in your home and the cold air out. Poor attic insulation will lead to you losing hot air and your energy bills going up. Have the attic of your home inspected and add sufficient insulation to protect against the loss of hot air. The attic insulation can also protect you from ice dams; a wintertime phenomenon that causes severe damage to roofs that have snow or ice on them.
3. Windows, Doors and The Maintenance They Need to Stop Air Leaks In Your Home
Windows and doors in your home are another area where you may lose lot of energy in your home. Good maintenance to your windows will help stop air leaks and the cold drafts that come in with them. Check the weather stripping on windows and doors seasonally and replace it when needed. In addition, you will want to check caulking and replace it when it becomes worn, which is usually the same time that you would need to do any painting around your home.
These are some of the areas of your home that will develop air leaks and can be improved with insulation and installing air barriers. If your home is full of cold drafts, contact a crawl space encapsulation service to seal it off from outside air. For more information, contact companies like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc.