You wouldn’t knowingly leave a window open in the middle of a bitter winter day here in Central New York, or on a humid summer day when the air conditioner is running on full blast, but did you know that the tiny holes hidden throughout your home could add up to leaving a window open all year round?
With professional air sealing services from Energy Savers, our team of home performance experts can locate and seal up the gaps and cracks in your home that allow outside air to infiltrate your home, undermining the comfort and energy efficiency of your living spaces. Air sealing also helps keep outdoor air pollutants out of your home, especially in your home’s crawl space, making your house healthier and safer for your family.
How Air Sealing Works
Even in some of the newest homes among Onondaga, Cortland, Oneida, Cayuga, Oswego, and Madison Counties, an airtight seal is hard to accomplish. Air holes will show up in problematic areas like the attic, crawl space, basement, and especially around poorly installed or old doors and windows.
Professional air sealing is the process of locating these holes throughout a home, and then sealing them up for good using an expanding foam material or caulking. Here at Energy Savers, we utilize a diagnostic test called a blower door test to provide a reading of the total leakage present in a home, and then we locate and seal those holes with the help of infrared imaging cameras.
Insulation and Air Sealing
Air sealing a home prevents contaminants and temperatures from the outside air from entering, both of which can greatly affect the comfort and health of your living space. The insulation in your home can do the same thing, but in a slightly different way—by preventing those unwanted temperatures from moving through the walls and roof of your home.
You may already have insulation, but the majority of homes all across the country don’t actually have enough insulation to get the maximum benefit, or the insulation has deteriorated beyond repair. Air sealing and insulation upgrades go hand in hand, both making the other more effective.
Air Sealing Helps Prevent Ice Dams in the Winter
Large icicles and ice damming are common problems for Central New York homes in the winter months, caused by poor insulation and air leaks in your attic! Ice dams occur when indoor heat warms through the underside of your roof to your shingles, melting snow that then drips down and refreezes, causing an ice barrier and forcing melted snow into your home. Ice dams cause water damage, mold growth, and more—but with proper insulation and air sealing from Energy Savers, the problem is solved!
Air Sealing Benefits
Air sealing can help with the following symptoms you may be noticing in your home:
- Uneven temperatures
- Poor indoor air quality
- Poor HVAC performance
- Large icicles and ice dams on your roof
- Indoor drafts
- Cold morning floors
- High energy costs
- High indoor humidity
- Pest infestations
With less air coming in and out of your home freely through the small gaps in its construction, you will be able to rely less on your heating and cooling system. This stretches the energy used to heat and cool your home, and you may even notice an improvement in your indoor air quality!
Energy Savers Is East Syracuse’s Energy Efficiency Expert
The goal at Energy Savers is to make your home comfortable and healthy, while also helping you reduce your energy usage and costs. To learn if your home is in need of air sealing or other energy-saving home performance upgrades, schedule an energy audit with Energy Savers Inc. You may even qualify for a free grant!