Top 4 signs you need to air seal and insulate your home

You should be comfortable in your home. Air from your furnace should flow through your home, and remain inside, circulating throughout your heating ducts. Outside air shouldn’t leak in, although often times it does. When air from your home escapes, or when outside air leaks, it wastes energy and money—causing your furnace to work overtime and uneven temperatures throughout your home.

If you think your home should feel warmer and less drafty, you may need to seal leaks and add insulation. Here are four clues indicating you need to seal and add more insulation.

1. Drafty rooms

The amount of air that escapes the average home through air leaks is equivalent to having a window open every day of the year. Find gaps and holes to reduce the amount of outside air that sneaks in and causes drafts—including recessed lighting, electrical outlets, windows, doors and the attic.

2. Uncomfortable temperatures

 In a typical home, about 20 percent of heating air that moves through your home’s ducts is lost due to air leaks and poor insulation, according to ENERGY STAR. Air sealing and insulation helps to control the temperature of your home—providing a layer of protection that keeps the warm air in and the cold air out.

3. High energy bills

If your home is not properly sealed and insulated, your heating systems may work overtime, which can result in high energy bills. Air sealing and insulation prevents wasted energy and money.

4. Dust, mold, mildew and other air quality concerns

 Air sealing and insulation reduces a variety of air quality issues by controlling air flow and moisture, which can minimize dust and other pollutants in your home.

Maximize energy savings with an approved contractor

To receive rebates from energySMART, you must use an approved contractor for your air sealing and insulation project. Approved contractors are Building Performance Institute (BPI)-certified and trained in building science. These contractors perform high quality work that focuses on your home’s system and energy savings while ensuring strict health and safety requirements are met.

Learn more about air sealing and insulation and how to control heat loss and air flow in your home.