Air sealing can significantly reduce air leakage, helping cut down on energy costs. However, in order to see noteworthy savings on your utility bill, certain areas of your home cannot be overlooked during your air-sealing project. At Atticare, our highly trained professionals are experienced at providing air-sealing services to customers in Greater Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and North Jersey. Contact our team at 888-743-7243 to discuss your air-sealing project or schedule a free inspection.
Six Commonly Overlooked Areas for Air Sealing
When it comes to air sealing your home, make sure you properly insulate the following places:
- Attics – When your attic isn’t properly insulated, you may experience excessive air leakage and energy loss as a result. Air sealing can keep cold air in during the summer and retain warm air throughout the cold season.
- Exhaust Fans and Vents – Any fans or vents that have access to the outdoors can be culprits for leaking air, but an insulation barrier can help reduce airflow and remedy the situation.
- Recessed Lighting – These types of fixtures are sometimes installed without proper insulation, especially when not put in place by a professional. However, keep in mind that air sealing around recessed lights should never be a DIY project to ensure safe results.
- Attic Hatches – Extra weatherstripping should be added around the frame of your attic hatch to help reduce energy loss.
- Air Ducts – Poorly sealed air ducts allow conditioned and heated air to escape to other spaces. These should always be air sealed to increase efficiency.
- Basements and Crawlspaces – Foam sealing of pipes, electrical wires and other areas in basements and crawlspaces can help eradicate air infiltration.
Does My Home Need Air Sealing?
Not sure you need to worry about air sealing? Try this quick at-home test – if your home experiences any of the following problems, it might be a good candidate for an attic air-sealing project:
- Drafty rooms
- Hot and cold rooms, including uneven temperatures between rooms
- High heating or cooling bills
- Ice dams in the winter
- Dry indoor air in the winter
- Dust (especially in rooms directly below the attic)