Air sealing is one of the most cost-effective ways to boost efficiency and save energy on heating and cooling.
If done properly, air sealing reduces the risk of moisture-related mold and rot, and boosts personal comfort by eliminating drafts. The most common air leakage points are in your attic and basement (windows, doors, and heating ducts are also frequent culprits). The average home has enough cracks and openings, that when combined, equate to a two-foot-square hole. Leaving them unsealed is like leaving a window open all year long.
DIY vs. Hiring a Contractor
DIY opportunities to improve air sealing include weather-stripping windows and doors, attic hatches, and pull-down stairs. For more tips on air sealing common infiltration points, watch our how-to videos. For even greater savings, consider hiring a professional who can address health and safety issues with proper ventilation. Either way, we recommend pairing air-sealing improvements with other weatherization upgrades to get the most out of your efforts.
- Reduce drafts and increase comfort for residents, employees, and customers
- Pair air-sealing with insulation and other weatherization upgrades for more impact
* Because spray polyurethane foam insulation is activated and cures on site, it should always be installed by a qualified professional. Some occupants may be sensitive (or could become sensitized) to certain components of spray polyurethane foam insulation, either during application or afterwards. Prior to application, talk to your contractor or medical professional, and research the various insulation products available to determine what is appropriate for you, your home, and your specific project. If you choose to have spray polyurethane foam insulation applied in your home, talk to your contractor about how long you should be out of your home during and after application (usually 24-72 hours). More information about safe application of spray foam is available at https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/potential-chemical-exposures-spray-polyurethane-foam.
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