air sealing

  • Energy Saving Tips: Duct Sealing and Insulation

    There are many different ways a home can be upgraded to increase efficiency and decrease your utility bills. Although we talk mainly about our foil insulation and the many applications where it can be installed, it is refreshing to talk about other areas in a home where problems can be fixed or improvements can be made.

    Sealing air ducts is a project you may not have given much thought to, but it can be a serious problem and cost you a lot of money. At the very least, you should have full confidence that your heating and cooling system is performing correctly and efficiently.

    Forced air heating and cooling systems are prevalent in homes built after the 1950's. Over 95% of new homes built today utilize forced air systems. The main delivery of this forced hot or cold air comes via ducts that are used to distribute the conditioned air throughout your home. Energy Star® estimates 20% of air that moves through duct systems is lost due to leaks or poorly sealed connections. This results in an increased load on your furnace or air conditioning unit and higher utility bills.

    Some areas of your ductwork cannot be accessed but most of it can. You can inspect and repair exposed ducts in attics, basements, crawlspaces, and garages by sealing leaks with duct mastic or duct sealant. Any areas of the duct run that get hot in the summer and cold in the winter can be insulated as well. Insulating these areas is another energy saving project that is inexpensive and will help your home operate at its optimal level.

    We have included a link to Energy Star® Air Seal and Insulate Brochure for your review. We hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to bringing you more energy saving tips.

  • Air Sealing and Insulating Your Home

    As a homeowner, it is important you understand the basic points about sealing and insulating the shell or building envelope of your home. This weatherization strategy is always important and in some homes, can be as important as insulation itself.

    Tests have shown over and over that insulation works best and the performance is most optimal when there has been none to start with. Adding more material to an already insulated space produces less dramatic results. In outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors air sealing is often the most cost effective way to improve every efficiency and comfort. Check out this link to see the DIY Air Seal Brochure by Energy Star®. This guide also includes information about adding more attic ventilation.

    Maximizing the return on your weatherization investments means you should have a good understanding of your specific building and what can be done to improve its energy efficiency. Every building is different. This brochure is a good starting point to understanding how air sealing works with insulation and ventilation to complete your home's weatherization package.

  • Air Sealing: An Important Step in the Insulation Process

    Air sealing is an important step in the insulation process. Read this short post to find out more information on air sealing that can improve your heating and cooling efficiency and lower your utility bills.

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