Everyone desires a comfortable home that is also energy efficient, but many may wonder how easy it is to achieve, especially with an older property. One, surprisingly easy way, is by sealing and insulating gaps and holes throughout the home. This is a job that can be done by the majority of homeowners so you can save even more by doing it yourself. Here are a few areas throughout the home that may benefit from sealing or insulating:
Perhaps one of the first areas to check is the attic space as this is where you will notice air escaping the most. Gaps and holes are likely to be found where the attic meets with the floor, under attic knee walls, and in dropped ceiling areas. If you find any holes, close them up. What about gaps or holes that are particularly small, how can you find out where they are? One clue would be patches of insulation that appear darker than the rest which is an indication that air is escaping. Another place that will benefit from foam board insulation or weatherstripping, is the attics access panel.
What other areas of the home might you notice air leaking? Some areas you will want to check are wall-mounted or window air conditioning units, window frames, doors, electrical outlets or receptacles, baseboards, and piping.
While this is just a small list of the areas in a home that will benefit from sealing and insulation, doing so will go a long way in helping your home feel more comfortable. They will also help to improve indoor air quality and save you money on cooling and heating costs.
Devereaux Van Dyne, Certified Professional Home Inspector