LEMAY, MO (KTVI) - It’s one of the coldest winters in recent memory, and with that comes the sky-high cost of heating your home. That price can be even more painful if your home isn’t properly winterized.
Dave Thompson with Dr. Energy Saver spent Wednesday evening examining a house in Lemay, trying to help that resident figure out why his home gets unbearably cold, while the cost to heat it each month is hundreds of dollars.
Resident Ed Rumbaoa says, “The coldest it’s gotten is about 47, 46, and that’s with the heat on. I’m wearing long sleeved shirts and jackets, just to keep warm.”
Thompson used a smoke pencil to see if cold air was blowing in through the windows, but it wasn’t until he got to the unheated basement that he pinpointed the problem. He explains, “You can see here the uninsulated floors. So cold air that’s down here, when you have hot air rising upstairs and leaving up through the attic, it pulls air from down here up into the house.”
Another issue is that the ducts aren’t insulated. That means the hot air that should be getting up onto the main floor is leaking out into the basement. “We would do a spray foam insulation, that’s your best value for the dollar,” says Thompson, “so that your conditioned air stays where it’s supposed to go.”
Dr. Energy Saver does these home energy inspections in order to diagnose the correct problem. Fixing those leaks can save up to 40% on your power bill.
Thompson explains, “You’re not guessing. You’re actually testing and knowing precisely what to fix, versus fixing windows when it could be this duct work instead.”
Rumbaoa, who’s been renting this house since April, hopes his landlord will fix these issues quickly, because this bitter cold winter isn't showing any mercy: “I want him to fix the problem, because right now I’m living in an unlivable house right now, it’s too cold.”
More information on getting a quote from Dr. Energy Saver: http://www.stlouisdrenergysaver.com/insulation-for-all-seasons/winterizing.html