Did you know that your house has an “envelope?” That envelope includes your walls, roof, floors and ceiling — areas that, if not properly sealed, lend themselves to drafts. When the rest of the house is toasty, but you feel cold air as you walk past a window in winter, that’s air leaking through the envelope. So as you can imagine, every place where things aren’t sealed up tightly is a place where the energy you use to heat or cool your house is going out the window, literally. And that, my friends, is money wasted.
So what do you do? Your task here is basically to seal your home. This doesn’t mean covering the whole thing with plastic wrap; just find the drafty spots and seal them up to keep air — and the energy you’re paying for — inside. To get started, Energy Star has a wide variety of recommendations for how to find leaks and close them off, starting with having a full energy assessment conducted.
If you can’t arrange for an energy evaluation yet, there are still ways you can seal up the leaky spots you find:
- Caulk and weatherstrip around doors and windows, and also around the areas where plumbing, ductwork and wiring come into the house.
- Check your insulation for leaks (look for dirty spots), and close those up with spray foam.
- Dirty spots on the ceiling or the carpet could indicate leaks where the walls and ceiling meet or at wall/floor joists. Caulk these leaks where you find them.
- Use foam sealant to close larger gaps, like around windows and baseboards.
If you’re ready to take the steps to seal your home, close off those leaks and stop blowing money out the window, contact Aladdin Heating and Cooling. We have been serving Southeast Michigan for over 65 years, and we have the expertise and equipment you’ll need to stop those leaks and stop wasting your energy dollars.
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