When you think of energy efficiency, most likely weatherization is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, this is the first and most effective place to start. Many times there are areas in the home where a draft can be felt around windows, doors, and other areas. If this is the case, air is escaping in and out of the home and reducing the effectiveness of running your heater or air conditioner. This may seem like an insignificant flow of air, but the cumulative effect could be equivalent to having a large hole in your wall.
Obviously, having a large hole in your wall would be unacceptable, and you would want to do something about it immediately. That’s where weatherization comes in. Fortunately, this is one of the least expensive improvements that can be done to improve energy efficiency. But before undertaking this task, be sure to have a Home Energy Audit performed to detect the air leaks and assess your ventilation needs.
Using an energy specialist to complete an energy audit can be important for several reasons. The most obvious is that they will have the proper diagnostic tools to detect the hidden leaks that are difficult to locate (for example, infrared camera and blower door equipment), they should know the proper techniques to complete the work, and be able to test afterward to determine whether additional ventilation is required for combustion safety purposes. While some homeowners may be concerned about a too tightly sealed house, this is not likely the case with older homes.
As we’ve learned, a “drafty” house is the result of air leakage or infiltration through cracks and openings. While many are easy to locate, such as around windows and doors, many are hidden in attics and crawlspaces, behind the stairs, around outlets and openings for appliances, and so on. Properly sealing these leaks with caulk, spray foam insulation, and weather stripping can greatly impact both your comfort and your utility bills as the furnace and air conditioner have to work less hard to keep your home at the proper temperature. Sealing leaks will not solve any problems related to lack of insulation which is needed to reduce heat loss.
Most experts agree that caulking and weather stripping should pay for themselves in energy savings within a year. For particularly “leaky” homes, air infiltration may account for 30 percent or more of the home’s heating and cooling costs and contribute to moisture, dust, insects and other issues with the home.
Call Eko Smart Solutions Today at 1.888.389.3551 to schedule your home energy audit.