Air Sealing Options to Consider for Your Home
Air sealing is an essential part of maintaining energy efficiency in any building. Insulation is only half the job, as a home that’s well insulated but poorly sealed will still experience poor efficiency due to these leaks. Locate and seal as many leaks as possible to keep your home well-sealed so your heating and cooling stays inside where you want it. Combine insulation and sealing with proper ventilation for the perfect combination of indoor air quality and energy efficiency.
Weatherstripping is a quick and easy choice for sealing air leaks. You can place it around any movable opening in the home, such as a window or door that swings open. Weatherstripping is generally a good idea around any opening in the building.
You can use caulk to seal air leaks around immovable parts of your home, such as the trim around windows and doors, or air leaks where plumbing comes through the walls or floors. Examine the trim along your flooring as well for cracks that may indicate an air leak.
Place foam gaskets behind switch plates or outlets. This will block air flow from coming through these openings, particularly if your walls aren’t insulated. Just remove the plate, insert the gaskets, and carefully screw the cover back in place.
Proper air sealing will eliminate many sneaky sources of energy waste in your home. If you’re ready to explore other options for improving energy efficiency and comfort, contact Sobieski Services, Inc. for the information and assistance you need.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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