You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about the value of insulating the attic to save energy and improve home comfort. An equally important task to tackle along with installing ample insulation is air sealing. When both these efficiency-wise steps are followed, you can:
- Eliminate discomforting drafts
- Keep in more of the air you’re paying to heat or cool
- Lower your household energy consumption
- Save money on your energy bills
- Enjoy better air quality
The Link Between Air Leaks and Comfort
Although your home seems like one solid structure, it’s actually made up of many individual components. Wherever these components come together, there are bound to be small gaps, cracks, and crevices where tiny streams of air can enter or escape. Air movement through these openings affects your ability to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home, even if it’s closed up “tight” and your HVAC is working overtime.
The movement of air through any available leak can’t be avoided thanks to a phenomenon of physics. Sometimes referred to as the “stack effect,” it works in predictable ways.
- In the cool winter, warm indoor air moves upward and out through even the smallest gaps in your ceilings and attic. This then draws cooler outdoor air in through any leak sources. This can include around the foundation, exterior penetrations, windows, and doors.
- In the summer when it’s hot outside, this process happens in reverse.
This uncontrolled air movement is largely responsible for discomforting temperature variations and hot/cold spots you experience in different areas of your home. Plus, the air drawn in from outdoors and unfinished indoor areas may contain allergens and contaminants. This can cause even more discomfort for anyone with allergies or respiratory problems.
Air Sealing Tips to Boost Comfort and Efficiency
If you want to air seal your attic effectively, the key is to make sure it’s done properly. The first step is having the attic thoroughly checked to locate leak sources. While you can attempt this yourself, a professional has the specialized tools, testing methods, and expertise to easily and accurately identify problem areas. Plus, a pro knows how to select and correctly install the right products to stop different types of leaks.
To learn how you can have greater comfort in your Albuquerque home with air sealing and insulating, contact us today at Millers.