Monday, August 15, 2016
Have you noticed your cooling costs going up, but haven’t done anything differently? If your home is taking longer to cool down, you could have areas in your home that are leaking cool air and letting warm air in. Reducing the amount of air leaks in and out of your home is the most cost-effective way to cut cooling (and heating) costs, improve durability, increase comfort and make your indoor environment healthier overall. Here are some reasons why you should air seal your home:
Air sealing is instrumental in helping you live in the most comfortable environment in your home. It can reduce outside noise, help control humidity and can also work wonders in preventing dust, pollen and insects from entering your home.
Insulation works best when air is not moving through or around it. Air sealing your home prior to installing insulation is the best way to ensure proper insulation performance and that your heating and cooling systems are working to their optimal efficiency.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, most of the money you spend to cool and heat your home disappears through cracks and holes in your ceiling, walls and floors. You’re practically throwing money away by ignoring this problem. Common areas where air leaks are prevalent are in plumbing vents, near duct work, wiring holes, recessed lighting and the attic hatch. Make sure to inspect these areas carefully to ensure you don’t have a leak.
What To Do If You Suspect a Leak:
If you suspect a leak, give A.B. May a call! We’ll schedule a Home Performance Evaluation and inspect your attic, basement and conditioned areas of your home to detect any spaces with air loss. Having this evaluation performed is the first step in creating a plan that will save your money on your monthly bills, and make your home a more comfortable place to live.
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