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    Home Energy Loss

    There are telltale signs that a home is wasting energy that every homeowner should be aware.

    • Drafts ... if you feel drafts in rooms when doors and windows are closed, it can indicate a leak that can adversely affect heating or air-conditioning.
    • Moisture on windows ... condensation occurs when warm moist air meets cooler dry air like when a bathroom mirror steams up after a shower.  The inside or outside of window can sweat due to temperature differentials.
    • Ice dams form at the edge of a room and prevent melting snow from running off the roof.  The water that backs up can leak into the home causing damage.
    • Higher than normal utility bills indicate that more energy is being required to keep the property at a desired temperature.
    • Excessive dust in a home can be the result of dirty HVAC filters or from air duct leaks that could be sucking in dust from the attic.
    • Mold thrives in warm, moist conditions which could exist because of leaking roof, walls, windows or poor ventilation.
    • Sinus problems affecting residents can be the result of conditions mentioned above like dust and mold.

    Recognizing these conditions exist and resolving them can bring a homeowner more comfort and a safer, healthier home.  The cost of repairs may be able to be recaptured through utility savings.  Preserving energy provides a cleaner environment by eliminating greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.


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