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.
Make better use of natural gas and stay comfortable this winter with air sealing and 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. Attic insulation can qualify for up to $300, and wall insulation is eligible for $400 in incentives.
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. Duct sealing can put more money back in your wallet by qualifying for a $500 rebate!
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. Air sealing can further ease your worries by qualifying for up to $400 in rebates.
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.
Check out the current incentive levels that you can receive for air sealing and insulation projects!
Learn more about air sealing and insulation and how to control heat loss and air flow in your home.