It’s halfway through the summer and hot outside—is your home staying cool and comfortable? If it’s not, it could be because warm air is leaking in. Unfortunately, there are many air leak sites in homes and if they aren’t properly sealed, not only can it affect interior comfort levels but it can also cause your energy bills to rise.
Don’t let your air conditioning go to waste and pay more on your bills than you have to—work on increasing the energy efficiency of your home! Air leaks are a good place to start. If you’re ready to seal air leaks in your Norfolk, VA area home, contact Tidewater Insulators or keep reading to learn more about air leaks and energy efficiency!
Air Leaks in Homes
According to the U.S. Department of Energy:
- 40 percent of a home’s heat loss can be caused by air leaks
- About one-third of air enters and escapes your home through openings in ceilings, floors and walls
- Air can carry as much as 50 pints of water through a half-inch hole in one heating season
All homes, especially older homes, have holes in them. Whether they’re large or small, those holes can lead to a big problem. Duct vents and plumbing are major sources of air leaks, but there are many other sites. These include outlets, light switches, attic hatches, fireplace dampers and more.
Benefits of Air Sealing
Sealing air leaks in your home offers a number of benefits. Air sealing helps:
- Reduce your utility bills and make your home more energy-efficient all year long
- Keep your home more comfortable, no matter the season
- Eliminate or decrease other problems, such as moisture damage, mold growth, etc.
Even if you have insulation, this isn’t enough. Insulation isn’t an air barrier. In fact, air leaks can undermine the performance of insulation, so your home should be both insulated and sealed. This will ensure your home is as energy-efficient, comfortable and durable as possible.
Air Sealing Services in Virginia
If you’re ready to start making your home more energy-efficient by sealing air leaks and insulating, Tidewater Insulators can help. We serve southeastern Virginia homeowners, offering our unique Comfort Home program, which includes energy auditing and air sealing.
Our services help homeowners identify where their homes are losing energy and allow them to save a lot of money (and live more comfortably). Get in touch with us today!
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