Look for and get rid of air leaks inside your house and cut back on your heating and cooling costs. Provided below are some tips air sealing your house and improve your home’s comfort and efficiency.
Begin With A Home Energy Audit
Several utility firms provide free home energy audits. In case yours does too, then be sure to schedule an appointment so you can have your house checked out by a professional. They will most likely do what is referred to as a blower door test to determine if there are air leaks inside your house. This service is provided by us at Ductworks Heating and Cooling.
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Exterior Air Sealing
Inspect the area where two building materials come together for cracks or gaps that may allow air in or out of your house. This may include, but not limited to, where the chimney and siding meet, where the foundation and siding meets, and where the roof and siding meet. You should also check for spaces where vents, electrical, or plumbing come through the exterior walls, the roof, and the foundation. And do not forget to inspect the seals surrounding your doors and windows.
Wall Air Sealing
Install foam gaskets behind electrical outlets and light switches to minimize the air flow between the outdoors and indoors. Then, think about the installation of child proof plug covers in all of the unused outlets in your house to prevent cold air from coming through the plugs. Insulate behind the receptacles of landline or cable box receptacles. When you have that addressed, check the baseboards, doors, and windows for gaps and cracks where air could get through. You can address them by weatherstripping or caulking. In case you have wall or window mounted air conditioners, make sure to check them as well.
Attic Air Sealing
There are many spaces in the attic where cooled and heated air could escape your house, so it is crucial to deal with each one. Although there are things that you could do on your own, this is one aspect where you might want to hire a professional HVAC contractor. They will be able to let you know if your attic has been insulated sufficiently. If you are not ready to invest on professional advice, there are some things you can do yourself. You can seal the holes in the attic floor or the roof where there are vent and ceiling fans, lights, attic access, or plumbing stacks. You can also address these kinds of repairs using a can of foam spray.
Cut back as much as 15% on your heating and cooling cost by air sealing your house.
Call DuctWorks Heating and Cooling, Inc. if you want to know more about air sealing your home.
DuctWorks Heating and Cooling, Inc.
303 Main St
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582