While building our
houses we try to make our homes as problem free as we
can. Inspite of all the care and precautions there are
a number of problems that crop up every now and then.
These problems can be easily dealt with to make your
home comfortable once again.
Fix Inflated Energy Bills
Energy bills are greater than you expected. If the price of
electricity, gas and oil have not increased and the amount that
you consume has not changed, then there is a problem. The reason
could be faulty windows, faulty equipment or faulty duct
insulation. Here are a few tips on how to locate the problem and
Engage an energy specialist to do an
evaluation of your energy use at home.
He will scientifically diagnose the problem
and suggest improvements.
Seal air leaks, inspect insulation and add
where necessary, seal duct air leaks.
While replacing faulty equipment use good
Install a thermostat to save energy while you
are not at work.
Dust is small particles that hang in the air and settle on
different things in your house. If your house is becoming very
dusty, then you should consider changing the house furnace, air
conditioner filter or bag of the vacuum cleaner. Dust can enter
your house through open doors, windows, vents etc. Given below
are tips to find the problem and control it:
Clean furnace and air conditioner filters
once a month.
Vent ducts should be inspected and cleaned
annually and those that are damaged should be replaced.
Leaving dusty shoe at the door will prevent
dust from circulating through the house.
Sealing air seepages from around windows and
door will reduce the amount of dust that enters your house.
Air ducts should be checked and those with
leaks should be sealed. Inspect the return duct carefully as
an air leak can allow dust to circulate throughout the house.
House Moisture Problem
Water condensing on the inner surface of windows that prevents
clear viewing. This can be the result of insufficient
ventilation or inadequate number of windows in the room. If the
rate of condensation is high there can be pools of water on
windowsills. If this problem is not controlled it can cause mold
and mildew that can rot windows and sills. Tips for prevention
of condensation of water:
Lower humidity levels in your house.
Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and baths to
The vent of the clothes dryer should be
connected outside. Vent should be tightly fixed to the dryer.
Install storm windows.
If there is a humidifier installed in your
house inspect it frequently to ensure that it is functioning
Roof Ice Dams
This normally happens after a few days of heavy snowfall. As a
result of the snowfall, snow collects on the roof of your house.
The warm air inside your house and under the roof will melt the
snow on the roof. The melted water will flow along the roof,
below the snow, till it meets the cold overhang. The overhang
and the temperature outside are the same. So the melted water
freezes again forming icicles and an ice dam. This can cause
structural damage to the roof that can cause the roof to leak
inside. Usaually there is a water spot on the ceiling right
under the place where the roof has been damaged. Tips of what to
Do not try to get on the roof and fix it
yourself, as it can be dangerous.
Get a professional to fix your roof leak.
Plug air leaks in the attic to prevent warm
Add more insulation to the attic.
Provide the attic with adequate ventilation
so that the air below the roof and outside has the same
Inspect attic insulation to ensure that it is
not blocking ventilation.
Before it begins to snow clean the roof of
all debris especially gutters. Clean gutter will prevent the
formation of ice dams.
Prevent Peeling Paint
Paint peeling from the exterior walls of the house is
symptomatic of a humidity problem or improper application of
paint. This is a result of moisture being absorbed by the wood
behind the siding and being passed on to the exterior fašade
below the paint. Thus the paint loses its bonding power and
start pealing. The outer surface should have a vent to allow
dampness from behind the siding to escape. Tips to prevent paint
Hire contractor to seal leaks in the wall to
prevent moisture from entering your house.
Apply primer of exterior surface before
painting the exterior.
Control moisture related problems.
Prevent Dry Air
Lowering of humidity levels in the house cause dry air. This is
a result of warm air escaping through air leaks and dry cold air
replacing it. This causes the throat and skin to become dry.
Balanced humidity levels inside the house reduce energy bills,
as you feel warmer at a lower temperature. Tips to prevent dry
Hire a heating cooling contractor to inspect
the heating and cooling system in your house and ensure that
it is working efficiently.
The contractor should check the ducts for air
leaks and if present should plug them.
Seal all air leaks to prevent dry cold air
from entering the house.