The main source of energy loss in residential property, both heat loss in the winter and cooling loss in the summer, is air flow (up to 40% of energy loss is due to air infiltration according to the Dept of Energy).
of energy is lost through air leakage and poor insulation in the average home.
Heat naturally flows from a warmer space to a cooler one. During the cold of winter, the warmth created by your furnace will flow out any way it can, mostly through the roof, losing the energy to the outdoors. In the same way, the baking heat of summer will cause your attic to act like an oven and transfer that heat to the inside of your home, making second floor living space uncomfortable and causing your air conditioner to work harder. Insulation works by limiting air movement, stopping the flow of air from warm places to cold ones.
That means installing insulation in your attic can decrease the amount of heating or cooling needed because it provides resistance to the flow of heat, from a warm place to a cold one.
Start seeing annual energy savings of up to
During the winter, you’ve probably noticed an increase in your power bills. The reason is obvious – you’re using heaters and electric blankets and taking longer, hotter showers. And the worst culprit? Your electric heater, cranked up to maximum output, chewing through the power.
There’s no doubt that heating your home is a must during our cool winters but are you confident that your home insulation is efficiently keeping that heat in your home where you need it most? Or is the heat simply disappearing through poorly insulated floors, walls and ceilings leaving you shivering in your boots?
Heat moves naturally from warmer to colder areas. So, all that comforting warmth your heater is producing is always looking for a way out. The quickest escape route is through inadequately insulated ceilings, floors and walls.
*Energy savings are based on the average monthly consumption for residential consumers in Ontario. Individual usage may vary.