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Most Northern VA, Maryland and DC homeowners are looking to increase their home energy efficiency and decrease their energy costs, and two areas where houses see the most benefit are upgraded insulation and air sealing. While this work can be completed separately, homeowners will see the biggest changes when insulation work and air sealing are done together.
What You Should Know About Insulation & Air Sealing:
Insulation Works Year-Round
Most people think of insulation only as a benefit during the winter months, when it helps keep their homes warm and protects against cold outdoor weather. But insulation is just as effective in holding the summer heat at bay, and can keep your home comfortable in the hottest months of the year as well.
Types of Insulation
There are a number of different insulation options to consider for your home, including spray foam insulation, blown-in/loose fill cellulose, and fiberglass batts. All of these can help make your home more comfortable, reduce energy costs, and keep conditioned air inside where it belongs.
Understanding Air Leaks
Your home’s attic is a prime candidate for energy loss, and while there might be existing insulation in your attic floor, small air leaks and cracks can significantly affect its energy efficiency. Air sealing, together with insulation, keeps conditioned air inside your living areas.
An Air Sealing Analogy
If you step outside on a cold windy day with nothing on but a loose-knit sweater, the sweater will immediately let the cool air in through the holes and you’ll be cold. But throw a windbreaker on over the sweater and you’ll both stop the cold air and stay insulated against the freezing temps. This is the same way that air sealing and insulation work together to increase your home comfort.
Where to Find Air Leaks
Even the tiniest gaps and cracks can let a substantial amount of conditioned air escape your home. The most common places air gets in and out of your living space include around recessed lighting, duct chases, and outlets and switches.
The Benefits of Insulation & Air Sealing
Time and again at Home Energy Medics, we've seen the benefits of insulating and air sealing a home, including reduced energy consumption, increased comfort levels, improved indoor air quality and home safety, and an overall boost in home efficiency.
Looking for Insulation? Did you know...
Just looking for additional insulation in your attic or sealing up air leaks? Did you know that making certain changes to your home can result in unforeseen consequences? That is why we always recommend a full home energy audit by Home Energy Medics prior to implementing any efficiency measures. This will provide a full view of your house, it's systems and what can be done to improve ALL areas of your home. Best of all, we refund all or part of the audit cost when you choose to have us implement the solutions.
HEAR WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY
Home Energy Medics did a wonderful job on our house. We now have much better heating and cooling. The original audit was very revealing of heat leakage points throughout the house. I had no idea that recessed lighting "cans" could leak so much outside air into the house.
Jay F., Arlington, VA