One of the best things you can do for comfort inside your home, and to save you money, is to seal any present air leaks. Air leaks can emerge almost anywhere - cracks in doors, walls, windows, flooring, electrical outlets, and more - and it’s important to remain vigilant in sealing them.
When your home is properly sealed and insulated, it helps to prevent outside cold air from cooling your heated home, or outside warm air from heating your cooled home.
There are certain things you can do to help keep your home airtight. Below we’ll discuss how spray foam, caulking holes, and weatherstripping can help.
Spray Foam Helps Insulate Your Home
If you want an incredibly effective solution to keeping the air in your home and sealing out the air from outside, spray foam is one of your best options.
This tactic is used to seal gaps and cracks in homes and buildings to ensure that they are as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.
There are several different types of spray foam - high density, medium density, and low density - of which your contractor can help you choose the right one for your home. When installed, spray foam is used in sealing windows, doors, roofing, attics, basements, and more.
Caulking Holes to Keep Out Air and Moisture
When you have open cracks and holes in the exterior an interior of your home it can allow unwanted air and moisture to permeate your home. You can also see your home’s cooled and heated air escaping through the openings. Below are some common areas that should be checked for holes and cracks:
- Door frames
- Window frames
- Trim and siding
- Around your roof
- Outside on stucco and siding
- Plumbing holes
- Where trim and crown molding meets walls, ceilings, and floors
- Around electrical outlets
Caulking these holes will ensure your home’s temperature and air quality remain optimal.
Weatherstripping Provides and Essential Barrier
Your doors and windows can be a major cause of heating and cooling loss in your home. Because weatherstripping is used in conjunction with movable components, it’s essential that it’s able to withstand friction and various temperature and weather changes.
An experienced technician can ensure the best type for your home is chosen and installed. Once in place, weatherstripping will seal any gaps that allow air to exit/escape, while still allowing the door or window to move freely.
When you combine efforts of spray foam, caulking, and weatherstripping in your home you’re ensuring that you have the best chance at maintaining indoor temperatures inside. Not only can sealing your home properly keep you and your family comfortable, but it also helps reduce your energy usage and saves you money.
When your heating and air systems don’t have to work as hard to regulate temperatures, it’s a win-win for everyone. If your home could use some insulation updates, give McLoughlin Plumbing Heating & Cooling a call at (610) 624-8037. We’ll make sure your home is sealed properly and expertly to keep out the elements.