Let's Talk About Air Sealing: Part 2

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 by Joy Padgett

So, yesterday we talked about air sealing and the areas in the home or business that probably need to be air sealed. But that leads us to this question..."Why is air sealing is such a big deal?"

Air sealing is a big deal because the underlying issue, which is air leakage, has a BIG impact on how our home or business building performs and how comfortable we are in those locations.

Air leakage is a common problem in most homes and businesses alike. Air leakage causes some rooms to be hotter or colder than the other rooms in the home/building, which means you are not comfortable in your home/building.

Air leakage causes a rise in heating and cooling costs, too. That means you are spending more money than you should be and your home or building is NOT performing as it should.

Detecting air leaks

 

Many air leaks and drafts – like those around windows and doors – are easy to find. But holes hidden in attics, basements, and crawlspaces are much harder to locate and usually cause bigger problems.  Due to pressure differences caused by stack effect, the holes in the attic are usually the most important ones to seal.

Sources of Air Leaks

31% – Floors, walls and ceilings

15% – Ducts

14% – Fireplace

13% – Plumbing penetrations

11% – Doors

10% – Windows

04% – Fans and vents

01% – Electrical outlets

 

The good news is that Weatherization Plus can help your home or business become more comfortable and energy efficient by finding and sealing up those various sources of air leakage. Would you rather give more money to your utility company, or keep it for yourself?

Call Weatherization Plus today! We cover ALL of Central Kentucky!

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