Where Are You Losing Heat This Winter?

HGTV has captivated millions across North America. The network’s home improvement, design, and real estate shows give people an easily digestible way to learn about the processes of home buying and renovating.

A home improvement network star, Mike Holmes of the DIY Network series Holmes Makes it Right, shows homeowners where other inspectors and contractors have failed. In one episode, Holmes takes the homeowners outside in the middle of winter. There is snow piled on each roof in the neighborhood except that of the homeowner.

But, what does this mean? Holmes explains that snow piling on your roof is a good sign. It means that the heat is not escaping through your roof and melting the snow. It is normal for some melting to occur around ventilation and exhaust structures, but there shouldn’t be any bare patches on the roof.

Holmes then uses a modern technique known as infrared thermography to show the homeowners exactly how much heat they are losing. The results are astounding. Most of their home’s heat is rising into the attic, away from their home, and through the roof of the home.

For many, heat loss is a serious problem. As a homeowner, the best thing that you can do to ensure that you are not experiencing gross heat loss through your attic is to check your roof just after a fresh snow.

Additionally, you can request an energy audit from a professional. Many cities, counties and utility companies offer free energy audits to residents and customers. If heat loss is found, measures can be taken to ensure that your home is more energy-efficient.

The best way to prevent heat loss is through the use of insulation. Adding insulation in your home is a sound investment that is likely to pay for itself rapidly in the form of reduced utility bills. For many homes, small air leaks, open to uninsulated attic space, are a major source of heat loss. These leaks should be filled before adding new insulation to your attic space.

Another way to shield your home against heat loss is by keeping your roof structure in good shape. In addition to proper roof maintenance, when re-roofing your home an additional barrier of plywood sheeting can be added over an ice and water shield that covers your entire roof’s surface. These preventative measures help to protect your home against leaks and moisture.

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