If your goal is to reduce energy consumption and lower your utility bills, then it is important to understand the concept of “heat bleed” and learn about all the ways to stop it from occurring in your home. Energy experts have determined that there is a direct connection between the heat that is able to escape or bleed through the walls of your home and the amount of money it costs to control the temperature of your indoor environment.
Heat bleed occurs primarily in older homes, but it can happen in new construction as well. While there are many causes that contribute to heat bleed, the most common include inadequate residential insulation, lack of air or vapor barrier, poor air seals and inefficient windows, as well as low-performing heating and air conditioning systems.
While heat bleed does occur most often in homes that were built before 1990, it can still affect newer homes that were not properly insulated or sealed. A study conducted by the Harvard University School of Public Health revealed that American homes lose as much as $5.9 billion in energy costs each year due to heat bleed – as much as if each home had a 30 inch hole knocked into the wall and left open year-round.
Diagnosing the Problem
If you suspect your home might be experiencing heat bleed, you can find out for sure by getting a home energy audit. Professional auditors view your home through infrared photography. It helps to pinpoint areas in your home that aren’t properly sealed or insulated. However, it is possible to see heat bleed with the naked eye just by looking at your home in the winter.
A couple days after a good snowfall, simply walk through your neighborhood and look at the roofs of the homes around you. Spots on the roof that don’t have snow when the rest of the roof is blanketed in it, indicate that heat is rising and escaping through those points to melt the snow. Residential energy experts have determined that as much as 60 percent of heat loss can be attributed to poor residential insulation in the attic.
If you spot snow free areas on your roof, it’s time to call out a professional for a thorough home energy audit. In addition to increasing your monthly utility bill, this type of heat bleed can also cause damage to your home and be a danger to you and your family. When snow melts off the roof it can cause an ice dam. An ice dam occurs when melted snow reaches the eaves and then refreezes, causing potential damage to gutters, landscaping and dangerous falling ice, costing homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs and damages.
Professional Insulation Installation
After you get a home energy audit, it’s time to call out the professionals. A local insulation installation expert, such as Richie’s Insulation in Southeastern Massachusetts, can help you to choose the right materials to stop heat bleed, which will lower your monthly energy bill and save you money from potential damages or loss. Richie’s Insulation proudly installs Knauf Insulation for both commercial and residential insulation projects. Knauf Insulation’s EcoSeal System was designed to eliminate heat bleed, improve thermal control and reduce monthly utility costs.
In addition to stopping heat bleed, Knauf Insulation gives homeowners a major return on investment compared to other traditional residential insulation materials. The money you save each month on your utility bill will quickly add up, causing your new insulation to virtually pay for itself. In just seven years, a brand new home with a Knauf Insulation EcoSeal System can save as much as $5,385 in energy costs compared to a home that was built between 2000 and 2005. Compared to a home built between 1960 and 1969, that properly insulated new home could save up to $11,234 in the same space of time.
When compared to spray polyurethane foam (SPF), the Knauf Insulation EcoSeal System has the ability to achieve a greater overall “R-value” and has been proven to achieve air infiltration rates that perform just as well, if not better. The EcoSeal System contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and is much more friendly to the environment than SPFs. Knauf Insulation has also recycled over a billion pounds of post-consumer glass, which is equivalent to the glass waste of 14 million households or 13 billion beverage bottles.
Call Richie’s for a Consultation
Richie’s Consultation serves both commercial and residential insulation customers in Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Connecticut and Rhode Island. For more information about getting a home energy audit or insulation installation, just call 508-678-4474.