How Air Sealing Can Equal Cost Savings
Let’s be honest—everyone likes to save money on their energy bills. One of the best ways to create cost savings is to make sure your HVAC is running efficiently. If you’ve been keeping up with your scheduled maintenance and you change your air filters regularly, you may think there isn’t much else you can do to create energy savings. But have you considered air sealing? It can reduce your utility bills by approximately 20%. That’s worth considering.
What Is Air Sealing and Why Is It Important?
Air sealing is the systematic process of finding and fixing air leaks around your home. These leaks are often found around windows and doors—and often attics. It lays the groundwork for an energy-efficient home. If neglected, it could result in costly repairs—and not just HVAC repairs as most structural damages starts small. So now the question is—why is air sealing important.
Reduces Health Risks
Ensuring that your home is properly sealed helps prevent pollutants from entering your home for outside. This creates improved indoor air quality and can help you and your family sleep better. It reduces your susceptibility to allergens that could create discomfort. Air sealing can also help with the humidity in your home—which again improves the air quality and can make breathing much easier. Having the right humidity balance in your home also helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
Reduces Energy Costs
There’s a reason we don’t typically run the air conditioner with the windows open—it’s just not an efficient or effective way to cool your home. That’s why sealing air leaks is crucial. When left untreated, air leaks make your HVAC work harder which translates to increased utility bills. We don’t want those. Air sealing can help reduce your monthly energy bill by 20%
How to Identify Air Leaks
Identifying air leaks is the first step in maintaining the integrity of your home. You can either do this on your own or you can seek help from experienced professionals who can offer you a complete set of services, which often include an energy audit. When spotting leaks, start by assessing the integrity of your walls and windows and use a marker for large and small openings. As a guide, below are some of the parts that are commonly affected by air leaks:
- Doors and windows
- Ceilings and floors
- Ceiling fixtures
- Light switches and electrical outlets
Once you’ve identified air leaks around your home, you can either seal them yourself or you can hire a professional to handle it for you. The Air Hawk team is has the experience and expertise to determine the severity of the leaks and ensure that the air leaks are properly sealed.
Air sealing is important in maintaining the comfort, energy-efficiency, and sturdiness of your home. If you still have questions about sealing air leaks, don’t hesitate to contact Air Hawk Heating and Cooling right away!