Shut Out The Cold When You Air Seal Your Home This Winter
November 08, 2017
Do you find yourself wrapping up in a heavy wool blanket at all times just to keep warm at home even though your heating system is constantly running? Or have you noticed your energy bills getting larger and larger as the days get colder and colder? Your home may have air leaks, and it is costing you money in wasted energy.
You’re not alone. According to the Department of Energy, the average home has about 2 ft.2 worth of air leaks, the equivalent of leaving a window half open 24 hours a day. That’s a lot of hot air escaping your home and your heating system has to compensate by running more.
Sealing air leaks – along with adding insulation – is one of the most effective ways to reduce your energy bills, improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, and enhance the comfort of your home.
Where do air leaks occur? All over your home. Your attic. Windows. Doors. Fireplace and chimney. Ductwork. Exhaust fans and pipes. And many more areas.
There are some things you can do to minimize leakage, like caulking or weather-stripping around doors and windows, keeping the flue closed when not using your fireplace, and installing storm windows. But for the maximum sealing of air leaks, it’s best to bring in a professional energy specialist to identify and address trouble spots.
Mass Save wants every homeowner to be able to weatherize their home and is offering air sealing at no cost and up to 75% off insulation (up to $2,000 or more for customers of certain Mass Save Sponsors) And depending on your household income, you may qualify for enhanced rebates of up to 100% of the cost.
Want to put an end to air leaks and high energy bills while improving comfort at home? Start with a no-cost home energy assessment to see if air sealing is what your home needs.Home Energy Savings