Create an air tight pressure barrier for the conditioned living space.
Lights fixtures, electrical outlets, plumbing, ductwork vents, chimneys all create (swiss-cheese) holes in your bedroom ceiling…These are unintentional breaks in your pressure ( air) barrier.
Any unintentional gap /hole in your ceiling creates air movement, air exchanges, is unintentional thermal transfer. Meaning your home is loosing heat in winter, and gaining heat in summer.
- Seal the Gaps. Mind the Gaps.
- Sealing the exterior building envelope properly which requires re-caulking every few years in the Chicago area due to extreme heat and extreme cold
- Air seal the entire attic floor at all seams and penetrations
- You will see an immediate considerable improvement in comfort and efficiency.
- Lower your Air Exchanges per Hour.
- Lower your unintentional leakage. We spray foam around most of these, including around light fixtures, bathroom fans, open wall cavities, and plumbing stacks.
- Other items like chimneys and recessed lights require special materials.
Air sealing is one of the most critical features of an energy-efficient home. To add insulation without air sealing first is dereliction of duty.
To prevent air leakage, it is best to seal the building envelope during construction prior to the installation of the drywall.
A “blower door” test is a good way to identify air leakage paths so that they can be sealed using an appropriate material.
Imagine a coffee cup with no lid, how long will it take for the liquid to cool to room temperature? Now, imagine it has a lid but with a sip top opening. This is the bypass of the hallway and bedrooms. These gaps allow paid conditioned air escape creating a list of preventable problems.
Preventable problems include
- drafty rooms
- mold growth as result of condensation
- constantly cycling furnace and air conditioner
- higher than usual energy bills
- dusty rooms
- reduced air quality
Call us now and schedule a free estimate for the potential improvements from air sealing the parameter and interior of the home.
- Wind Effect
- Stack Effect
- Combustion and Ventilation
Three types of air exchanges occur within your homes ( conditioned ) space. The first two are the secret to a comfortable home. The this is the secret to a healthy home.
Why Do You Need To Air Seal?
Condensation can lead to mold and mildew problems. In hot, humid climates, moisture can enter into wall cavities through exterior cracks and result in costly damage to framing and insulation. In cold climates, gaps in the interior walls allow moisture from warm indoor air to enter wall cavities and attics. This moisture can condense on cold surfaces and lead to structural damage.
By significantly reducing air leakage, you can reduce or eliminate these problems
A tighter building envelope reduces the amount of unconditioned air, drafts, noise, and moisture that enter your home. Proper air sealing will also minimize temperature differences between rooms. As a result, tight envelopes can maintain a more consistent level of comfort throughout a house.
This is the main reason to air seal your home. A house works a lot like a smoke stack. Hot air rises through the house until it exits in the attic. If you seal off a smoke stack at the top, the bottom, or both, you don’t have a smoke stack. In air-sealing a house we are trying to stop the stack effect as much as we can.
An unzipped winter coat doesn’t work very well because it allows air around your body, which makes you cold. An insulated house can also perform poorly if air can get in. There is not a consensus, but nearly half of the energy leakage in a house can be caused by air leakage – that costs a lot of money!
Air leakage accounts for 25 percent to 40 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling and also reduces the effectiveness of other energy efficiency measures such as increased insulation and high-performance windows. By investing a little more money into the improvement of your home, you will effectively be putting more money back into your pocket for years to come.