“Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs, improve durability, increase comfort, and create a healthier indoor environment.”
–The U.S. Department of Energy
You don’t have to live in an older historic home to experience drafty rooms and high energy costs. “Air leaks are among the greatest sources of energy loss in a home,” says the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and many homeowners and renters experience the negative effects of a home that isn’t properly sealed.
Air sealing is like your home’s windbreaker, protecting you and your family from the outdoor elements, and when your home’s air sealing is deteriorated, old, missing completely, or just not up to current standards, conditioned air can escape and outdoor air can enter through gaps, cracks, and holes. This traveling air can easily and quickly cause you problems.
Air sealing is not only important for your home’s structure, HVAC equipment, and air quality, but it provides you with many benefits such as consistent temperatures and lower energy costs year-round. According to NREL, air sealing is “one of the quickest energy- and money-saving tasks you can do.”
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While you might start thinking about air sealing when you feel those cold drafts rush by on a cold, windy day, air sealing protects you in every season, all year long. With proper air sealing, you can reduce energy, save money, and gain comfort in summer, spring, winter, and fall.
Whether you work from home or just want to enjoy evenings with your family without bundling up, air sealing is an effective way to solve inconsistent indoor temperatures, cold drafts, and uncomfortable rooms. When your conditioned air is escaping, it’s hard, if not impossible, to get your home to the ideal temp that you desire, without wasting money and energy.
Reduced Energy Costs
“By sealing uncontrolled air leaks, you can save 10-20% on your heating and cooling costs,” says NREL. Upgrading your air sealing lowers energy costs and according to the U.S. DOE, homeowners typically get a return on their investment in about a year due to the money saved. If you’re a Massachusetts resident, you can access no-cost air sealing from the sponsors of the Mass Save program; all you have to do is sign up for a no-cost Home Energy Assessment!
Improved HVAC Performance
When air is flowing in and out of your home uncontrollably, your heating and cooling systems have to work even harder to keep up and they can still fall short. Extend the life of your system, take care of your investment, and give your system the ability to perform at its peak by upgrading your air sealing!
Decreased Carbon Footprint
Did you know that the burning of coal, natural gas, and oil for electricity and heat is the largest single source of global greenhouse gas emissions? While updating your heating system to an energy-efficient model is a great way to combat this issue, air sealing can also help! Air sealing helps you lower your carbon footprint by keeping the air that your system has worked so hard to condition inside your home. The less your system has to work to keep your home comfortable, the less energy it uses! Curious about what your carbon footprint is? Calculate it here.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
Proper air sealing can decrease moisture control, prevent mold growth, and help to ensure a healthy air quality inside your home. According to the U.S. DOE, “air leakage contributes to moisture problems that can affect occupants’ health and the structure’s durability.” Indoor air quality is especially important for individuals with weak immune systems, breathing issues, and allergies. Young children are also at an increased risk of experiencing negative side effects due to poor air quality.
Boosted Insulation Efficacy
Consider air sealing your home’s windbreaker and insulation your home’s winter sweater. Separately, they provide protection, right? But now imagine your home wearing a windbreaker on top of a winter sweater. That’s what air sealing and insulation are like together. They form a complete seal, offering your home the ultimate protection. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says that “air sealing alone doesn’t eliminate the need for proper insulation to reduce heat flow.”
The good news is that the sponsors of the Mass Save® program are offering 100% off air sealing and 75-100% off insulation to Massachusetts residents when you sign up for a no-cost Home Energy Assessment! With generous incentives, air sealing and insulation upgrades are achievable!
Once you complete a Home Energy Assessment, you will get advanced power strips, LED light bulbs, energy-saving shower heads, faucet aerators, and programmable thermostats at no-cost to you! It’s an easy way to learn about how your home consumes and loses energy and you get access to generous rebates such as 75-100% off approved insulation and 100% off air sealing. Learn more about the benefits of Home Energy Assessments here or go ahead and save your spot here! It’s simple!
Now is the time to upgrade your air sealing and take advantage of available offers. Enjoy all the benefits of air sealing and see what a difference it can make!