Air sealing is a vital step towards improving home comfort and energy efficiency
Eliminating gaps and cracks ensures your insulation has maximum effectiveness.
If your home is expensive to heat and cool or has uncomfortable rooms, one of the main culprits is undoubtedly air leaks. Air leakage happens throughout the home as the air you pay to condition slips through cracks, joints, and other openings. This process naturally forces your HVAC system to work harder and will make your home too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer.
Dr. Energy Saver specializes in identifying the sources of these problems in your home and providing complete air sealing services. We can help you eliminate leaks and make your home more comfortable and efficient. If you're interested in air sealing for your home, call us today to get started!
How air leaks affect your home
Why are air leaks so common in homes throughout the country? The answer is simple -- they're built that way. Every joint where walls or floors meet, every screw and nail hole, and every plumbing, electrial, and even HVAC installation has created a gap that allows air to exit or enter the home.
Hot air moves from more to less, meaning warm air in your home works its way outside in the winter, while hot air in the summer finds a way in. This means that your HVAC system has to work harder and longer while you deal with uncomfortable rooms.
There's almost nothing that the contractors who built and have worked on your home could have done to prevent these small gaps and leaks. However, you can eliminate these issues with air sealing from Dr. Energy Saver.
Common air sealing locations
Here are some of the locations where air leakage occurs in a typical house:
- Plumbing and wiring penetrations through floors, walls and ceilings
- Chimney penetrations through insulated ceilings and exterior walls
- Attic access hatches, doors and drop-down stairs
- Recessed lights and fans in insulated ceilings
- Weatherstripping around windows and exterior doors
- Cracks, gaps & holes in drywall or plaster
- Electrical outlets and switches, especially on exterior walls
- Gaps around window and door trim and baseboard moldings
- Dropped ceilings & soffits
- Leaky basement windows
- Rim joists in the basement or crawl space
Dr. Energy Saver air seals key areas in your home
When identifying air sealing problems in a house, there are usually three key areas where air leakage is the biggest problem:
- Attics: More air leaks out of the home through the attic than anywhere else. Warm air naturally rises, and and attics are typically under-insulated and full of gaps and cracks. This allows the air you pay to heat to escape the house.
- Basements: When air leaks out of the house, it is usually replaced by air being sucked in on the lower levels of the home. By air sealing the basement, you can prevent unwanted cold or humid air (depending on the season) from entering the home.
- Ducts: One of the most important source of air leaks is actually the ductwork system. Leaky ducts allow conditioned air before it reaches its destination while also pulling in unconditioned air from the attic or basement, depending on where your ducts are. This means your furnace or AC unit has to run longer to get the air to the temperature you want.
Help improve your home efficiency and comfort with complete air sealing
If you're having problems with uncomfortable rooms and high heating and cooling bills, the home insulation experts at Dr. Energy Saver are here to help. We can test your home for air leakage problems and provide you with the air sealing services you need. Contact your local dealer today for an estimate!