As a homeowner, you have probably heard of the concept of making sure your home is properly insulated. But for many homeowners who don’t truly understand what this really means, the first thing that usually comes to mind is pink insulation foam.
But there is a lot more to it than that. Did you know that the exterior of your house including the ceiling, floors, outer walls and windows is call the “shell” or the “envelope”? By sealing these areas properly, you can save up to $200 a year in cooling and heating costs. This savings total can represent up to 10% off your total yearly energy bills.
The sealing and insulation process can be done by a skilled contractor or a handy knowledgeable homeowner. By using a contractor, they will have access to special diagnostic tools to accurately locate hidden air leaks allowing them to properly seal them before adding additional insulation.
If you prefer to do the work yourself and you have physical access to your attic, you can use the DIY Guide to Sealing and Insulating with ENERGY STAR which provides step-by-step details on how to seal most common air leaks and how to properly add insulation to your attic.
Besides saving money on your energy bills, a properly sealed and insulated home will allow your cooling and heating system to run more efficiently, thus making your home more comfortable.
Here are a list of other things that proper sealing and insulation will do to make your make your home more comfortable:
- Less dust, pollen, pests and insects entering your home.
- A much lower chance of ice dams forming on your roof or eves during snowy conditions.
- Reduced noise from the outside especially if you live near busy roads.
- Overall better control of indoor humidity.
Truth be told, most homes in the country today have significant air leaks and not enough insulation. It is likely that if you took all the leaks, gaps and holes in your home right now, it would equal out to leaving one window open every single day of the year.
Now is the time to get started on the sealing and insulation process before colder temperatures start to take place. By doing so now, your home will be more comfortable to live in year-round.