Heating and cooling a home represents approximately 48% of energy costs today. This means your HVAC system in your Oshawa home is your largest expense of fuel dollars. Most homeowners would like to keep energy costs down as much as possible. In order to do this, it’s helpful to understand how temperature loss from a home can add up to higher fuel bills.

In the Oshawa HVAC industry, the term transmission is the process of heat escaping from a home through solid objects like walls, windows, and doors. We use the term R-value to measure the resistance to that loss. The higher the R-value of an object, the more resistant it is to heat loss and the higher its insulation factor.

What Does R-Value Mean?

Solid objects can have higher R-values when added together, such as the layers in a wall. Each layer represents a part of the whole R-value rating of that wall. Take away one layer and it becomes less resistant to heat loss. When a layer of insulation is added to a wall, this exponentially adds to the R-value of that wall. The less the R-value, the more heat you are losing and the higher your fuel costs. The same applies to windows, doors, and attics.

Air Flow in Older Homes

Infiltration is the term used for air entering the home from outside. Old, leaky windows and doors would have a lot of infiltration. Older homes with little vapor barrier can often let air flow right through walls and ceilings. Entry points into attics for wires, chimneys, and pipes also may allow for quite of bit of air entrance. Many of these areas should be sealed or filled in with an appropriate insulation.

Balanced Ventilation

Ventilation is how a home brings in fresh air from the outside. This is done with a series of ductwork. Ventilation should be balanced, otherwise outside air could be driving up  your fuel bills.

Furnace Efficiency Repairs in Oshawa

The efficiency of your furnace can have a large impact on your fuel bills. An ineffective or dirty system can cause fuel bills to spike during the cold winter months. It is always worth getting a maintenance check up by a furnace repair specialist in Oshawa. A faulty furnace coupled with a home that is improperly insulated can result in large energy bills over the course of a season.

Protect your fuel costs and consider having a home energy audit done in order to understand where your energy is being consumed. A home that considers its entire energy expenditure is a home that consumes far less fuel and costs less to maintain in the long run.