Looking for a way to make your home more energy-efficient, at the same time making it more comfortable. Sealing and insulating your home is one to do this. This do it yourself tip will reduce your utility costs and improve the comfort and air quality of your home.
First off, you want to assess any leakage in the building envelope. Next, it is highly recommended that any leakage found is immediately fixed. This will dramatically increase comfort and energy savings.
The following are some common places where leakage may occur:
- electrical receptacles/outlets
- inadequate weatherstripping around doors
- around pipes and wires
- switch plates
- window frames
- fireplace dampers
Air leaks are most likely to occur in the attic because hot air rises. When homeowners perform a variety of repairs and maintenance to their attics it saves you money on cooling and heating. For example:
- Seal small holes. Look for darkened insulation, this is a dead give away for air leakage.
- Plug the large holes, perhaps where walls meet the attic floor, behind and under attic knee walls, and in dropped-ceiling areas.
- Seal any openings around plumbing vents and electrical wires. You can use expanding caulk foam or caulk. After the caulk has dried, cover the areas with insulation.
- Use weatherstripping to seal up the attic access panel. Seal your pull-down attic stairs or an attic door, using this same technique.
By implementing these helpful tips you will be on your way to enjoying a more comfortable and energy-efficient home.