The Importance of Air Sealing and Insulation

The Importance of Air Sealing and Insulation

Improve the Insulation of Your Home With Air Sealing at Larson & Keeney Home Services

When homeowners are considering the insulation of their homes, many focus on the type and amount of insulation needed. While these aspects are crucial, another important element in home insulation is often disregarded: air sealing. Ensuring proper air sealing is a key factor for effective home insulation, yet many skip or mishandle this step. This article delves into the importance of air sealing and offers insights into how to appropriately seal your home.

What Is Air Sealing?

Before getting into why air sealing matters, let’s clarify what it entails. Air sealing is the process of closing gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior to prevent the leakage of air in or out. These openings may appear anywhere in your home, such as around windows and doors, in the attic, and the basement or crawlspace.

Why Is Air Sealing Important for Insulation?

Understanding the significance of air sealing is essential for homeowners, as it offers several key benefits:

Enhancing Energy Efficiency

Effective air sealing is pivotal in improving energy efficiency within your home. By preventing the escape of conditioned air, your HVAC system operates more efficiently, resulting in substantial energy savings and reduced utility bills.

Promoting Indoor Air Quality

Air sealing contributes to better indoor air quality by preventing the infiltration of outdoor pollutants, allergens, and contaminants. By sealing gaps and cracks, you create a healthier indoor environment for yourself and your family.

Mitigating Moisture Issues

Unchecked air leaks can introduce moisture into your home, leading to potentially damaging consequences such as mold growth, wood rot, and structural deterioration. Proper air sealing acts as a barrier, preventing moisture intrusion and safeguarding against these issues.

Enhancing Comfort Levels

A well-sealed home translates to enhanced comfort for occupants. By eliminating drafts and cold spots, your home maintains a more consistent temperature, providing a comfortable living environment year-round.

Air Sealing & Insulation: Your Home Needs Both

While many homeowners settle for insulation alone, it’s important to know that to truly reduce heat flow and transfer, you need both air sealing and insulation. Air sealing should be done before insulation is installed, our team of experts at Larson & Keeney Home Services can walk you through this process. The attic is where we usually start since it’s the biggest culprit of air leakages and drafts. Next, we work on your basement and crawlspace, other sneaky places you could be losing or letting in air.

Get an Air-Sealing Upgrade From Larson & Keeney Home Services

At Larson & Keeney Home Services, our technicians can conduct a second blower door test after an air-sealing installation or upgrade. If the test shows a reduced leakage rating, it confirms that your home is now more airtight, leading to improved energy efficiency, increased comfort, and long-term savings on your heating and cooling expenses. Reach out to Larson & Keeney Home Services today for a free inspection of your home’s insulation and get an estimate for air sealing costs. We offer a thorough home energy consultation, including a heat map analysis.

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