Once you’ve located the leaks in your home, sealing the gaps
and cracks, otherwise known as home air sealing, is a key first
step towards maximizing your savings today and well into the future.
By tightening up the exterior of your home, the amount of heated
or cooled air that can escape is reduced, so less energy is required,
less money is spent on utility bills, and you reap even better returns
on energy efficient upgrades. New heating systems, windows,
and doors all perform more efficiently in the absence of air leaks.
The best news is that sealing is one of the quickest, easiest, and
most budget-friendly tasks you can take on when weatherizing a home. Click on a question below to learn more.
- What is home air sealing and why should ALL homeowners do it?
All homes, both new and old, develop gaps, cracks, and holes
in outer walls, ceilings, windows, doors, and floors over
time that will zap its energy efficiency and cost you money.
Home air sealing is the important task of sealing leaks
with caulk, foam, or weather stripping, reducing energy
loss, decreasing energy use, and most importantly saving
you money. You’ll also realize better returns on energy
upgrades like new heating systems, which perform more efficiently
in homes void of leaks.
- As a professional, why does air sealing matter to me?
Happy clients are the pipeline to more work so make sure
your weatherization efforts last or the savings your clients
demand won’t. Use 100 percent silicone caulk, not acrylic,
to seal the gaps and cracks zapping your client’s energy
efficiency. They can see an immediate return on their utility
bills that, thanks to silicone, will keep them smiling as
the dollars continue to add up well into the future.
- Why is home air sealing an essential first step to achieving energy efficiency?
No matter what other energy upgrades you may make to your
home, start with home air sealing to help ensure you get
the biggest bang for your buck. Leaks not only impact utility
bills, but also diminish returns on other energy upgrades,
which must work harder in inefficient homes. So before installing
a new heating system or more energy efficient windows, be
sure to reduce energy leaks by creating a tight shell around
your home with home air sealing. You’ll reduce energy loss,
save money, and get a better return on your energy upgrade
- What are the benefits of home air sealing?
Properly air sealing a home can have three main benefits:
- Reduces Heating and Cooling Costs: Homeowners
can save 10 percent or more on their energy bills
by reducing air leaks.1
- Reduces Carbon Footprint: In the U.S., homes
are responsible for 21 percent of the country's greenhouse
gas emissions, according to the U.S. Green Building
Council2 so homeowners who properly air seal
are taking immediate steps to decrease their carbon
- Improves Overall Comfort: Air sealing helps
to ensure a more comfortable environment by reducing
drafts and the effects of heat and humidity, and helping
keep allergens and other germs from entering the home.3
- What are other ways I can save energy to save money?
The DOE’s new website has lots of great tips for homeowners and professionals. Check out all the
ways you can save energy at www.energysavers.gov