Air sealing your home is one of the most important seasonal tasks. This maintenance routine is not just aimed at making you more comfortable inside your home during the heating and cooling seasons. You can also save a lot of money on energy costs by properly protecting your home’s envelope.
This is not a one-time task. You should be checking for air leaks in your home during every change of season. You should also look at places where new leaks might occur. By following the tips below, you can establish a helpful procedure for preventing most losses of your conditioned air, any time of the year.
Check for Leaks
Check around the windows and doors in your home. It is not enough simply to look for leaks. Smaller cracks can still cause significant energy costs. Feel around these apertures with your hands. When you can detect a draft, use weather stripping, spray foam or caulk to seal cracks.
Air can seep in or out of your house through a variety of routes. Energy costs will go up when the air that you have already cooled or heated escapes from your home through poorly sealed ducts.
Seal the exposed ducts in attics, basements and garages with metal tape or mastic. The latter choice is a creamy substance, like peanut butter. It is more effective but also more difficult to apply. Leave the harder-to-reach ducts to professional service.
Once you have sealed leaks, you can get a good idea of how well-insulated your home is. Look at the R-value of your insulation. This value expresses the ability of insulation to prevent the passage of heat. Insulation with a high R-value will keep energy costs down more effectively. Consult with a professional about the best type of insulation to install, whether cellulose or fiberglass, and what thickness.
To receive more expert advice about the value of air sealing your home against the weather, feel free to contact us at Amarillo Air Conditioning. We have been serving the HVAC needs of the Amarillo area since 1960.
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