Adding insulation to your home and sealing air leaks isn’t just about making it comfortable. Generally speaking, performing both leads to you saving a lot of money on energy costs since you will be providing your heating and cooling system an easier workload. Without air leaking and with proper insulation, you get to minimize energy loss, which in turn results to better functioning equipment, both for heating and cooling systems.
In an article called “Top 5 reasons to air seal and insulate your home” we found here, there’s a simple definition of both air sealing and insulation that every homeowner must understand:
Air sealing is the process of sealing cracks and other sources of leaks in your home to prevent heated air from escaping and unwanted outside air from entering your home.
Insulation is a protective barrier between heated or cooled areas of your home and the outside to reduce heat loss and regulate air flow.
The same post also talked about five reasons why you should do both air sealing and insulation at home:
1. Increase comfort
When cold air enters your home, it lowers the temperature of the house and overworks your furnace. Your furnace then struggles to maintain the thermostat’s specified temperature. By reducing drafts and air leaks, your furnace will work more efficiently.
2. Reduce energy waste by up to 20 percent.
After you seal leaks and insulate, your furnace doesn’t have to work has hard a break and you gain as much as 20 percent of heated air back in your home.
3. Lower your heating costs
By adding layers to the envelope of your home, your heating system works to your advantage and keeps you warm—because the furnace doesn’t need to run as often. This can lower your heating costs while still keeping you comfortable.
4. Improve air quality
Through sealing and insulation, you can control air flow and moisture, minimizing pollutants entering your home and circulating your duct system.
5. Get a rebate
You can receive up to $1,500 for an air sealing and attic insulation project. For a list of approved contractors, use our Find a Contractor tool. For rebate amounts, check out our rebates for your home page.
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Only a few homeowners understand how important it is to have proper insulation at home. Some think of it, together with sealing leaks, as very difficult tasks with very few rewards. They don’t realize that they’re wasting away a lot of energy and money just because the house is surrounded with gaps and leaks while the attic and walls do not have proper insulation.
Take a look at this video from This Old House on how to beef up your attic insulation.
Doing the project shown above isn’t really expensive, so we really don’t see any reason why homeowners ignore it. The benefits of having better insulation are felt both in summer and winter, so it’s a whole year round investment.
Finally, according to EnergyStar.gov, there are several benefits of sealing and insulation with respect to comfort. Take this excerpt from the website’s post titled “Why Seal and Insulate?”
- Sealing leaks and adding insulation can improve the overall comfort of your home and help to fix many of these common problems:
- Reduced noise from outside
- Less pollen, dust and insects (or pests) entering your home
- Better humidity control
- Lower chance for ice dams on the roof/eves in snowy climates
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You may not know it yet, but sealing your home also helps in maintaining proper humidity levels. As a matter of fact, in the winter season, air leaks in the home will result to warm and humid air to escape, in turn drawing drier air inside and then changing humidity levels. If that happens, the living space becomes very uncomfortable.