If it has become expensive to cool or heat your home, or some of the rooms feel uncomfortable, in most cases air leaks are undoubtedly among the primary culprits. Air leakage occurs throughout your home, as the air that you have paid to condition escapes through openings. These processes force your HVAC system to work a lot harder and cause your home to become too hot over the summer months and too cold over the winter months.
All attics have cracks and gaps that let air escape. This is partly due to flaws in the construction of the home, or from HVAC or electrical work, or from general wear-and-tear. However, the air leaks came about, these air leakage areas have a drastic effect on the comfort and energy efficiency in your home.
MGT Insulation is experts when it comes to identifying these problematic areas and they offer comprehensive air-sealing services. These processes, along with a combination of an insulation upgrade to your attic will significantly improve the comfort and energy efficiency inside your home. Give us a call to find out more about how we can assist you in achieving top-rated air-sealing inside your home.
How Do Air Leaks Affect A Home?
Air leaks are very common in houses all over the country. The main reason for this is the way most homes are built. Each joint where your floors or walls meet, each and every nail hole and screw, along with every electrical, plumbing, and HVAC installation creates gaps where air is allowed to enter and exit the home.
Hot air will move from “more to less”. This means that warm air escapes out of your home in colder months, and hot air will enter your home in the hotter months. This forces the HVAC system in your home to work a lot longer and harder, while you will also experience rooms in your home that feel uncomfortable.
There is not much that contractors that built the home could do in order to avoid these tiny gaps along with the air leaks.
The Reason Why Air Sealing Is Important
To gain an understanding of why you should air seal your home before you insulate, it is first important to gain an understanding of the way air flows into homes. Over the months of winter, the heated air that you are paying for will escape through gaps that are present in your ceiling into your attic. This will cause the furnace to operate for longer and your rooms will be colder.
In the months of summer, the air from outside will move into your attic and then heat the rooms below. This forces your AC system to work a lot harder. These issues will be even worse when there is ductwork present in the attic.
An air-sealing process starts off with testing your attic to determine where the air is escaping from. Once these areas are identified, our company uses a type of expanding foam that will seal the cracks and gaps and stop the air from escaping. This method will ensure that the insulation in your home is far more effective and it will assist with improving the comfort levels and energy efficiency in your home.
Air Sealing Locations That Are Important
– Wiring and plumbing penetration through your attic floor
– Chimney chases
– HVAC ductwork, registers, vents, and chases
– Attic access hatches, drop-down stairs, and doors
– Fans in your ceilings and recessed lights
Get air sealing services that are highly effective for the attic in your home today
For any homeowner that struggles with a few rooms that are uncomfortable, or for those that are faced with rising cooling and heating costs, air sealing would be the best way to start making improvements. MGT Insulation can assist you in detecting the issues present inside your attic and then offer you with comprehensive attic insulation and air sealing services. Call us today for a free estimate on our air sealing services.