Air sealing your home is necessary for energy conservation efforts and can have a big impact on your energy bills. By air sealing, you can save up to 30% on your energy costs. Besides costing you money, air leaks can be a cause of moisture problems, discomfort, and bad air quality. Air sealing is the process of identifying areas in the home where hot air could be getting in during the summer or escaping in the winter. Once these areas are identified then various techniques and weather stripping can be used to prevent future air leaks.
Common Places for Air Leaks
Air leakage can happen in different locations in the average home, including floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, plumbing, fireplaces, windows, doors, vents, and fans. A home assessment can pinpoint the locations of your home’s air loss and recommend ways to improve energy efficiency. The home’s attic can be a common place, especially if there isn’t proper insulation. Consider your attic and roof when looking at places that air could be escaping. Doors and windows may also be one of the first places that come to mind when you think about air escaping since you can feel the air escaping. Just as air can escape from the roof, you should also think about it escaping through the floor. It’s possible there isn’t enough insulation in the home. There can also be cracks that need to be sealed.
Benefits of Air Sealing
There are plenty of different benefits, including lower energy bills, better performance for your HVAC system, better indoor air quality, reducing drafts in the home, a more comfortable home, and even possible energy tax credits.
Look to a Professionals for Help
There may be more than one area in your home that needs air sealing. By working with a professional, you may even find areas of the home that you would have never thought of.