Heating and cooling costs can add up quickly, especially during the freezing winters here in Barre, Vermont. And while there’s no denying the fact that energy costs money, you shouldn’t have to empty your savings account just to keep your house comfortable.
If there are multiple cold spots in your home and you’re constantly feeling drafts during the winter, or if you just can’t seem to keep every room cool during the summer, you’re probably lacking sufficient air sealing and insulation. When done correctly, home air sealing and insulation can lead to a significant increase in comfort and serious energy bill savings. But just how much will air sealing save? Let’s find out.
What Is Air Sealing?
First, let’s clarify what we mean by air sealing. While you may not be able to see them, most homes have gaps and cracks in their construction, most commonly found in:
Around doors and windows
Air inevitably finds its way through these openings, which sends your HVAC system into overdrive as it tries to battle against the constant heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. As a result, your energy bills are likely to skyrocket. What’s worse, your HVAC system won’t be able to make up for the loss entirely, so you’ll still be feeling those inconsistent temperatures and wondering where all your money is going.
Air sealing is the process of finding and filling in these holes. There are many air sealing techniques, and a number of materials can be used to seal up air leaks, depending on the size and location. For small gaps and cracks, caulk is generally preferred, while larger openings may require spray foam insulation. In areas that are exposed to high heat, such as around a fireplace, noncombustible materials must be used.
Air Sealing Can Help You Save on Energy Costs
Air sealing alone will help you save some energy, but in order to benefit the most from air sealing, you also need to insulate your home. By properly insulating and air sealing your house, you’ll create a barrier that will seal in conditioned air and bar outside air from entering. As a result, your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to heat and cool your home, leading to energy savings. When done correctly, air sealing and insulation can help you save an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs, and 11% on total home energy costs.
While saving money is one of the main benefits of proper air sealing and insulation, there are a number of additional advantages to making these upgrades, including:
Greater home comfort
Better indoor air quality
Less wear and tear on your HVAC system
Fewer drafts and cold spots
Upgrade Your Vermont Home’s Efficiency & Start Saving
If you’re losing energy, you’re losing money! EnergySmart of Vermont can help you seal up air leaks and upgrade your insulation so that you can save both. To maximize results, we start with a comprehensive energy audit, which helps us locate air leaks and figure out where your home is losing the most energy. Then, we can implement personalized solutions that will make the greatest impact on your energy efficiency, comfort, and utility bills. We’ll also provide you with an estimate so you can see how much air sealing costs and plan for the project.