Why is it important to prevent air leaks? It takes a lot of work to keep a home comfortable. In the summer, you want cool air circulating around your house. In the winter, you want to keep the heat in and the cold out. And year round, you want the air in your home to be fresh and clean. Air leaks in your walls and ceilings allow the air you want inside to escape, meaning you’re paying to heat or cool air that isn’t even sticking around. During these hot summer months, your air conditioner will have to work much harder to keep you comfortable, and your energy bills will reflect all that extra work. The good news is that you can prevent air leaks with home sealing.
What is Home Sealing?
Home sealing is the process of locating and sealing air leaks. There are many common areas of air leaks inside of a home, so air sealing may look different depending on the problem area. Common air sealing tasks include:
- Caulking windows
- Updating insulation
- Insulating electrical outlets or light switches
- Sealing and insulating ductwork
How Can You Seal Your Home?
The best time to seal a home is while it is being built, so you should always look to hire energy efficient contractors. If you are building a home or having an addition put on, now is the time to ask questions and make sure the final product is an efficient, tightly sealed home. Make sure that your builders are using air barriers such as caulk or foam sealants to prevent random airflow through walls. Know the insulation requirements in your area and make sure to get the best possible insulation for each area in the home.
Remember that improperly installed insulation cannot keep that precious hot or cool air in your home, and you will end up paying for it. If you are not building a new home, you can still protect your existing house against air leaks. You can even try some of these DIY projects:
- Windows and doors – air leaks are common around windows and doors, so take the time to seal them. There are lots of ways you can insulate windows, such as weatherstripping or caulking. You don’t have to be an expert to get this done, and sealing those leaks will have a big impact on your home’s comfort.
- Chimney – a chimney that isn’t in use can waste a lot of energy if it isn’t properly sealed. Make sure that you have a tight-fitting chiminey flue sealer, and to close off your chimney when it’s not in use.
- Outlets and switches – a surprising amount of air escapes through outlets and light switches, even those that are on interior walls. You can insulate these areas with foam or caulking, just make sure to turn off the electricity to the outlet first!
Some air leaks are more complicated than others. Not sure if air leaks are affecting your home? Or do you have air leaks you can’t seem to fix by yourself? A home energy assessment from Energy Monster can help.
An energy technician will inspect your home for areas of energy loss. They can perform a blower door test to pinpoint leaks, and once located they can do the work of sealing those leaks for you. If the problem is more involved, such as improper insulation, Energy Monster can do the work of updating your home and help you apply for rebates to cover the cost. Schedule your home energy assessment to stop wasting energy and start living more comfortably today.Return to Blog