Chicago winters are not for the faint of heart. When temperatures take a plunge, the last thing you want is for your house temperatures to plunge also. Checking your home’s air sealing can save you on energy costs and the discomfort of drafty rooms from failing insulation. ThermaSeal/Lakeside Insulation offers reliable, high-performing insulation products and services to keep your environment inviting and secure.
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4 Reasons You Should Be Checking Your Home’s Air Sealing
Taking care of your home can feel like a full-time job. But the time you invest in your home now means money and time you will save later. Addressing air leaks in and out of your home isn’t just good house management. It’s essential for the good health of all those that live under your roof. Here are four reasons why you should be checking your home sealing:
- Reduces your heating and cooling costs
- Extends your home’s durability
- Improves your comfort
- Fosters a healthier indoor environment
Air leaks permit outside air to enter and conditioned air to exit through cracks and openings. When air leaks are present, they reduce the air quality of the home. Air leaks can also increase indoor moisture levels and adversely affect occupants and home structures. Air leak zones can also help you pinpoint areas in your home that need more insulation. Read on to learn how to identify air leaks to preserve your home’s integrity, environment and comfort level.
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5 Easy Steps for Checking Your Home’s Air Sealing
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends the following steps for assessing your home’s air sealing status:
- Inspect areas outside of your house: exterior corners, water faucets, siding/chimney intersections, foundation/siding junctions
- Assess common leak zones inside your home: electrical outlets, switch plates, door/window frames, electrical and gas service entrances, baseboards, door weather stripping, fireplace dampers, attic hatches, vents and fans, and where dryer vents pass through walls
- Check to make sure interior/exterior caulking and weather stripping on doors and windows are leaving no gaps or cracks
- Make sure your primary doors and windows have a tight, gap-free seal
- Make sure storm windows are intact
Following your air sealing assessment, fix what you can, but leave the rest to the professionals. Some things you can do on your own to improve your home’s air sealing include:
- Caulking around windows, door frames and other gaps between your home’s interior and cold spaces
- Installing weather stripping around doors and windows that open
- Keeping your garage door closed, as well as the door between your garage and the rest of your home
- Closing the chimney when it is not in use
Quality Insulation Makes All the Difference
Addressing your Chicago-area home’s air sealing is the first step to establishing a comfortable and healthy living environment. The next step is evaluating your home’s insulation product. If your home isn’t well-insulated, even sealing out air leaks isn’t going to solve all your problems.
ThermaSeal/Lakeside has been serving the Chicago area since 2001. Our professionals are here to help you through the process of gauging your home’s current insulation and recommending re-insulation steps if needed.
Call us today at (800) 836-2535 to schedule an energy audit and insulation inspection.