You wouldn’t leave a window open on a cold night during winter with the furnace going full tilt – or on a warm day in summer while running the AC. But that’s exactly what you’re doing if you haven’t air sealed your home.
What many homeowners do not realize is that it's not uncommon for a home to have the equivalent of an open window's worth of air leakage, even when every window is shut tightly
Pipe Works Services provides air sealing and testing services all throughout the state. As one part our Home Energy Audit, we will help you determine the best ways to save energy by sealing air leaks that exist in your ducts, around windows and doors, in walls and attic floors, and elsewhere in the home.
Doing so will save lost energy and dollars year round. Moreover, your home will now be more comfortable. With our air sealing service, rooms that overheat in the summer because of hot air infiltration will become cool, and rooms that are cool and drafty in the winter because of cold air infiltration will become warm.
Understanding the "Stack Effect" - The laws of convection cause warm air in your house to rise. As it rises, it moves up through the attic, passing through dozens of cracks and exposed openings. As this air is lost, new air is pulled in from the crawl space, basement, and outside, only to be heated again and lost again. This cycle of air ex-filtrating from the top and infiltrating from the bottom is known as the "stack effect."
Small Air Leaks Mean Big Money! - When houses leak air, you're left continuously paying to heat, cool, and dehumidify air from the outside. Air leaks are an enormous waste of energy, and they make it much more costly to keep your house comfortable.
What your insulation may be telling you...
Dirt stains on fiberglass insulation are a clear sign of air leakage. It shows that the insulation is merely serving as a filter, trapping dirt and dust the same way a furnace filter would. If you see dirt-stained insulation, you can be sure that your house is leaking air.
Joints = Air Leaks. How do air leaks form in a home? To begin with, your house is made from thousands of pieces and parts, including nails, wooden boards, framing, electrical wire, wall panels, pipes, and so on. Small gaps often exist where one part of your house connects to another.
While a joint may be airtight when first installed, that may not always be the case. Wood can shrink, materials can expand and contract at different rates, and connections can come loose. Leakage points can form all over -- ones that should be sealed to save you money.
Dr. Energy Saver shows how to get rid of the air leaks in your home in video below
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