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What is Greatest Source of Home Energy Loss?
What is Greatest Source of Home Energy Loss? 09/10/2012
As the winter season approaches and energy costs increase, people may be wondering, "What is the greatest source of heat-energy loss in a typical home?" and "How can I save on heating bills?" The answer is quite simple, "Air infiltration is the greatest source of heat-energy loss and a few simple solutions can help dramatically." As a licensed home inspectors, we have been trained to detect problem situations that may be noted on a report and remedied by home sellers and potential home buyers.The greatest source of air infiltration in a typical home is the hatch that leads up to the attic. In cold climates, this hatch can be a problem because attics are typically insulated on the floor and the hatch door is usually just a thin piece of uninsulated plywood. This is not good. There are at least three remedies for this situation. Firstly, an insulated hatch cover that rests upon the hatch area above would be a first line of defense against the cold. Weather stripping at the connection between the hatch door and the surrounding floor is also important. Attached is a photo of ... more
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