What is air sealing?
Air sealing is a process to prevent the passage of air and/or vapor from one space to another. We utilize air sealing to prevent air and moisture from moving between rooms and from the outside to inside your home or inside out. This keeps your home comfortable, your furnace and air conditioner from working overtime and your energy bills LOW!
What does the air sealing process entail?
We take the same spray foam insulation that keeps your attics and walls insulated, but apply it through a smaller, more precise nozzle around windows, doors chimneys and other areas in your home. Think of it as applying caulk around your tub or sink. With a thinner, more exact application, our crews can ensure the foam fills each and every space that air can pass through.
Why is air sealing necessary if I have insulation?
While insulation does the bulk of the work to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, it can’t completely eliminate drafts and cold spots. It’s necessary to fill in all of the gaps with a tight seal so air stays put.
Isn’t some air flow good? I want my house to be ventilated.
Yes, fresh air inside your home is necessary – but relying on leakage for that air flow is unwise. When it’s cold, too much cold air may come in and when it’s hot, warm air might not be able to escape. Moisture can settle in the cracks of drywall and in the attic. Instead, ensuring you have enough controlled ventilation is key. By adding vents, you can control the amount of air that comes in and goes out. Vents are usually made from water-resistant materials which will help you keep unwanted moisture at bay. We can help you determine if your home is adequately ventilated, air sealed and insulated for maximum comfort.
Fresh air inside your home is necessary – but relying on leakage for that air flow is unwise.
Air Sealing Zones:
- Rim joists
- Recessed lighting
- Piping and ducts
- Garage/living space walls
- Cantilevered floors
Ice Damming Prevention
Ice damming can be dangerous and damaging. The situation arises when warm air leaks from the living space and melts the snow, which runs down to the colder edge of the roof above the eaves and refreezes. Improved insulation will ensure that the warm air doesn’t escape and create this disastrous situation. Check out what Randy Miller, Owner of Allrite Home & Remodeling has to say about the causes of ice damming and how Allrite can help you solve it.
TOP reasons to insulate
According to NAIMA (North American Insulation Manufacturers Association)
Reducing the need to run your heating/cooling systems directly reduces power plant CO2 emmisions and lowers homeowners’ carbon footprint.
REDUCE ENERGY BILLS
Over the past 15+ years, residential electricity prices have jumped 39%! The average homeowner spends $2,200/year on energy bills.
Energy efficiency is an increasingly important factor for homeowners. Whether they’re looking to remain in their home or sell in the near future, an energy-efficient home is desired.
Noise can come from outside (sirens, traffic, neighbors) or inside (kids, TVs, music), and the sound control provided by insulation is an attractive benefit.
The health of your home can directly affect the health of its inhabitants. And for those that suffer from asthma or allergies, protection from outside pollutants and allergens can be essential for well-being.