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Air Sealing

Creating a tight seal is the first step to an energy efficient home

Air Sealing

Paint and primer. Tile and grout. Air sealing and insulation. When it comes to home improvement, some things are just better together. You might think just adding some insulation or replacing windows will do the trick, but a home can only be energy efficient if it is properly air sealed.

Before the Allrite crews put an ounce of insulation in your home, we thoroughly examine your home for points of air leakage. Vents, recessed lighting, windows and chimneys are just some of the places where outside air can leak in to your home and inside air can leak out. To keep your home comfortable and energy efficient, it’s important to not only adequately insulate, but properly air seal as well.

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:

  • Attics
  • Rim joists
  • Recessed lighting
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Chimneys
  • Balconies
  • Kneewalls
  • Piping and ducts
  • Garage/living space walls
  • Cantilevered floors
Air Sealing Milwaukee: Common air leaks in residential homes

TOP reasons to insulate

According to NAIMA (North American Insulation Manufacturers Association)

1

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Reducing the need to run your heating/cooling systems directly reduces power plant CO2 emmisions and lowers homeowners’ carbon footprint.

2

REDUCE ENERGY BILLS

Over the past 15+ years, residential electricity prices have jumped 39%! The average homeowner spends $2,200/year on energy bills.

3

homeowner demand

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.

4

sound insulation

Noise can come from outside (sirens, traffic, neighbors) or inside (kids, TVs, music), and the sound control provided by insulation is an attractive benefit.

5

healthy home

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.

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