Energy-Saving Tips: Caulking and Painting Your Home or Business

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Energy-Saving Tips: Caulking and Painting Your Home or Business

Energy-efficiency and green-living are the buzz words these days, but the emphasis is usually on the macro scale—that is, national or state economies—instead of home or business owners. We take a look at how to make your home energy-efficient and thus "green" as fall and winter approach.

Various cracks and holes exist in homes and more accumulate over time as the house settles upon its foundation. Be sure to check your home (or hire someone) for these areas by feeling for air leaks or "drafts," as they are often called. 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, "The potential energy savings from reducing drafts in a home may range from 5% to 30% per year, and the home is generally much more comfortable afterward." Those are savings that many Wisconsin residents could certainly get behind and which are often ignored unless a very pronounced draft is felt in the winter months.

Where to look? Floors, wall/ceiling junctures, baseboards, around air conditioners, windows and doors, electrical outlets, around pipes, in attics and even around fireplaces. Any number of areas could be effecting the equilibrium of a home or business.

Once these problem areas have been identified, take action. The areas need to be plugged with either caulk or a spray foam—at Lakeside Painting, we recommend caulking the leaking areas. Certain areas will require painting to improve the cosmetic look of the area, but also to further seal the area.

Old doors and windows are not nearly as energy-efficient as new ones. And although you might have to spend money in the short-term, you'll save money in the long-run with such purchases.

This, of course, only covers a home or business's interior. Be sure to check the exterior as well, especially if your home or business has siding, whether it be vinyl or wood. Brick and mortar, of course, are not immune either. 

If you have any other questions on how to best identify and fix air leaks with caulk and paint, give Lakeside Painting a call at 262.642.9445 or email us at info@lakesidepainting.com.

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