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A Simple Guide to Air Sealing

It’s been nice to have a break from those brutal Texas temperatures hasn’t it? But believe it or not, they’re not all that far away from coming back again.

With the cooler weather, at least you can add a layer to get comfortable again. But with the hot weather, you can only remove so many layers until you have no more to remove and risk arrest!

All joking aside, air sealing can be a way to control the comfort and efficiency within your home.

Read this brief guide to understand how to better approach it for max savings:

1. Where to Seal

Technically, your whole home needs to be sealed. You might consider hiring a professional to do the work.

But, maybe you don’t have the cash to fork over to someone else to identify the problems and cover the costs for fixing them.

Your attic, windows, doors, floor, and fireplace are the biggest culprits when it comes to letting air in and out of your home.

And you’ll also want to check where plumbing, wiring, and ductwork comes through the wall, floor, or ceiling.

Your attic needs both insulation and air sealing. You most likely will be able to feel air escaping around your windows and doors, which requires air sealing.

Your floor may need insulation and cracks around the perimeter to be sealed. While your fireplace has a damper, you also need to do air sealing on it for maximum efficiency.

2. Finding Air Leaks

Locating the true source of air leaks around your home can be quite challenging. In fact, it can even be hard for the professionals to do!

But if you can’t afford to hire a pro right now, then simply light an incense stick and pass it around your home. Wait to see the smoke disturbed, which tells you air is moving.

This isn’t a foolproof solution. But it can help you identify most of the major sources of air leaks.

3. How to Seal Air Leaks

Fortunately, this isn’t hard. A combination of caulk and weatherstripping will do the job.

Around your chimney, furnace, or gas-fired water heater, simply use fire-resistant materials like sheet metal, sheetrock, or fire-resistant caulk.

And that’s literally all there is to it!

The nice thing about air sealing is that you don’t have to be a DIY-genius to do it. You can do it…even if you’re not a super-handy person.

And now you have a simple process for making it, and the energy efficiency it brings, happen!

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