With rising energy costs, it is more important than ever to conserve wherever possible. Generally, cut heating costs by looking for places where cold air can enter, and sealing up those gaps and holes. If you feel a draft, fix it! Here are some specific things to check each fall:
- Make sure you have adequate insulation in your attic. If it is unfinished or used only for storage, insulate between the floor joists. In finished attics, insulate between the roof rafters (using baffles for air flow.)
- Seal gaps around heating ducts, pipes, soil stacks, chimneys, and wiring that run from heated rooms into unheated areas or to the outside.
- Shove fiberglass roll insulation into the rim joist (band joist) cavity – the place in the basement where the floor joists meet the foundation wall.