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The Importance of Air Sealing Your Home

October 11th, 2018

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What is Air Sealing a Home?

Air sealing is a process by which you prevent air leakage into and out of your home. As air leaks, it contributes to the structure becoming hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. Reducing these leaks cuts your heating and cooling costs while contributing to comfort in your home.

How to Air Seal Your Home: Four Tips

1. Start With Doors and Windows
Doors and windows are notorious leakage points. Windows often leak air due to warping – the panes expand and contract with changing temperatures, then no longer close flush. Replace older windows and update the caulking and weather stripping of both windows and doors.

2. Inspect Your Attic Insulation
Insulation is one of the most important parts of efficient airflow throughout your home. Consult with an expert to determine if you could benefit from additional insulation. Dirty spots and mold in insulation can indicate places that would benefit from being sealed with spray foam.

3. Keep an Eye on Ceilings and Floors
Ceilings and floors can show signs of improper air movement through dingy spots on the ceiling paint and carpet. These can indicate weak points at interior ceiling joints and joists between the walls and floors. You can correct them through caulking.

4. Check for Heating-Related Air Leaks
Air leaks are common around fireplace chimneys, furnaces, and gas-fired heating vents. These can only be sealed using special fire resistant materials. Sheet metal, sheet rock, and furnace cement caulk are some options.

Thoroughly air sealing your home is great for your family bills and terrific for the environment, too. You may find that you save hundreds or even thousands of dollars annually after implementing a full suite of air sealing projects. For expert advice and help, just contact us today.

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