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Effective techniques for air sealing your home

What good is it to heat your home if the air is replaced by a chilly breeze leaking in via old windows and doors? Your home may be leaking air every day, from the front door to the attic, and you may not even be aware of it. Fortunately, these six helpful tips might help you reduce air leaks and save money on electricity as a homeowner.

Caulk around windows and doors 

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Re-caulking your window with clear acrylic is an easy solution to stop an air leak around it. It’ll be up to you to decide whether or not the entire window has to be re-caulked. You may get away with only caulking over the leak if the draft is tiny, but if the window is aged, you may need to reseal the entire frame with sika ebt.

Place weather-stripping materials around windows and doors 

Purchasing and installing weatherstrips along the exterior of your windows and doors is a cheap way to block air leaks. This is not a long-term solution and may only last a few months around regularly used windows and doors. When used in conjunction with heavy drapes or curtains, Weatherstripping can be an effective way to keep warm air inside.

Install storm windows on the inside 

There’s a new way to insulate your windows without changing how they look. Interior storm window inserts are laser cut and custom-built to match your windows. These light, full acrylic glass inserts outperform double and triple pane windows in insulation and energy savings.

Seal your attic at all times

All of your air leak issues are usually caused by your attic. Your attic can have multiple open gaps between the entry hatch, recessed lighting boxes, and holes for wiring and ventilation, allowing rising warm air out of your home and changing the air pressure on lower levels, bringing cool air indoors. Examine your attic and seal the access hatch, regions around ventilation, and lighting boxes in the recess. If your attic isn’t well insulated, you might consider having it re-insulated with more energy-efficient insulation.

Spray foam insulation can seal drafty areas and any gaps around the house

The regions around electrical boxes and protrusions into the house from the outside are generally poorly sealed in older homes, allowing drafts to enter around the outlets and other spots. Add some spray foam around those places to seal them off and keep drafts out.

Close the damper on your fireplace

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Cold air can get in through more than just windows and doors. If you have a fireplace, make sure the damper is closed when it is not in use to prevent outside air from entering the room. Non-flammable materials such as sheetrock can be used to prevent leaks around furnaces, gas-fired water heater vents and fireplace chimneys, so keep this in mind.

You can improve your home’s efficiency by air-sealing your home once you take the appropriate steps. Hopefully, you’ll leverage these techniques for the best results. 

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