WHY SEAL AND INSULATE?
Sealing and insulating the “envelope” or “shell” of your home—its outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors—is often the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and comfort. Up to 20% on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on total annual energy bills) can be saved by sealing and insulating.
Ask your Air Care Systems, Inc. Comfort Consultant or N.A.T.E. Certified technician about Building and Duct Performance Testing. We can identify problems areas within your home or office structure and ductwork and then prescribe an individual plan of correction.
Many air leaks and drafts are easy to find because they are easy to feel—like those around windows, doors, and plumbing. But holes hidden in attics, basements, and crawlspaces are usually bigger problems. These leaks can make your home uncomfortable, waste energy, and cost you money.
Electrical, plumbing and HVAC contractors use your attic to conceal the wires, pipes and ducts that comprise the mechanical systems in your home. During the construction of your home, they drill and cut holes through the walls to run these pipes and wires.
Unfortunately, these holes are left open and unsealed, allowing further air loss and leakage… costing you valuable monies. Not to mention, improperly sealed attics cause dust and insects to have a perfect pathway into your home through wall cavities.
Another huge offender… the recessed can light. Can lights not properly sealed and insulated (I.C. Rated) produce huge energy losses and heat gain within the home, not to mention chimneys, furnace flues and lights. This is also where most of your largest leaks can be found.
Now, let’s discuss the attic hatch-the most neglected, forgotten energy robber in your home and a potentially dangerous source of contaminants when located in your garage. Structures with duct leaks and a poorly sealed attic hatch can allow dangerous fumes and contaminants from stored chemicals and carbon monoxide to be sucked throughout a leaky duct system and distributed in the air you breathe. Be sure to use approved attic hatch blankets and covers or properly seal all attic hatches.
Once properly sealed, your attic is now ready for installation of new Owens Corning Pink Fiberglass Blown-In insulation.