How to Cut Back on Air Gaps and Lower Your Annual Heating Bill

This winter, states across the country have seen colder-than-normal temperatures. And while the season may be great for snuggling up on the couch, it hasn’t been so great for home heating bills.

Unfortunately, air leaks make it pretty much pointless to have the heat on. The heat can easily escape through these gaps, costing homeowners across the nation a ton of unexpected money. In fact, a normal family will spend about a third of its annual heating and cooling budget on air that leaks into or out of the house through unintended gaps and cracks. That’s almost $350 annually in waste!

Filling these gaps is clearly crucial in preventing both cold homes and wasted money. Unfortunately, finding these pesky gaps has proven historically difficult. Until now, that is! According to Shore News Today, there is a tool specifically designed to help you find these gaps. This device is called an infrared laser thermometer, and it helps determine where heat is being retained and where it is escaping. As such, it can help you detect any small gaps where air might be leaving your home.

You can find the infrared laser thermometers at most home stores. They can also be used in the summer months instead of solely being a winter tool. You can use it to check the temperature of your brake pads, electronic devices, and even your grill. Although, it’s important to note that the tool only detects surface temperatures and not core temperatures. This means that you can’t tell if the chicken you’re cooking is done or not. There’s a meat thermometer for that.

WKRN says that if you notice any drafts, you can protect your home with insulation. Some insulation out there is easy to install and can be pulled apart to get the right amount. WKRN spoke with Matthew Shorr, a Home Depot employee, about how easy it is to install insulation.

“The pipe slides inside of it and it’s a self-adhesive. It’s actually good for all year round. It’s one of those types of products that you put up and you can pretty much leave it up,” Shorr said.

Filling and protecting air gaps are not only effective in keeping your home warm, but may also help with soundproofing. In fact, soundproofing a room is accomplished by adding mass, damping, decoupling, and filling air gaps.

To cut back on your high heating bill, check to make sure that there are no gaps in your home. If there are, use the proper tools and take the right steps to prevent any more heat from escaping.

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