There’s been a lot of discussion lately among homeowners in Monmouth and Ocean counties about whether it’s better to have small amounts of outside air enter the home or to seal the home as tightly as possible. As with any aspect of home performance and energy efficiency, there’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” solution that can be applied across the board to all homes.
Air Sealing is a quick-fix and great way to elmiinate unwanted drafts and keep any homeowner comfortable. So keep your heat inside and save!
Air Sealing is an effective, quick way for Monmouth and Ocean County homeowners to eliminate unwanted drafts, save money and boost home comfort. Keep your heat inside where it belongs!
Seal the Leaks!
Is your home difficult to heat during the winter and cool in the summer? Have drafts plagued certain rooms for years, only seeming to get worse with time? If so, you’re not alone. New Jersey homes tend to be loaded with tiny cracks and gaps, which can allow conditioned air to escape very easily. The solution can be found in air sealing, which addresses these cracks and gaps once and for all.
The Stack Effect
A phenomenon known as “stack effect” allows the unwanted circulation of air through the home. During the heating season, your heated spaces leak air, and this air rises up through your home and out of the attic. This reduces the pressure in your home and draws in cold outdoor air. During the cooling seasons, hot outside air enters the home through cracks and gaps in the basement, then rises throughout the home and into living areas. The stack effect allows dirty, untreated outdoor air into your home, thus affecting the health and safety of inhabitants. Since your systems also have to work harder to compensate for air loss, their durability and effectiveness is compromised, which will cost you more on energy for your home.
Though the stack effect is present in every home, homeowners can take steps to limit its effect on comfort and bills.
How Air Sealing Works
The first step in air sealing a home is to identify any problem spots that exist and must be dealt with, typically via the process of a home energy audit. From there, our technicians will address problem areas with caulking, weatherstripping, foam gaskets and other materials, effectively sealing any cracks and gaps that might be allowing air exchange to occur.
Common Areas we find air leakage
- Attic Ceiling and Floors
- Recessed Lighting
- Duct Work
Once air sealing has been performed the results are immediate! You will notice:
- Enhanced Home Comfort
- Reduced Energy Bills
- No More Drafts
- Decreased Noise Pollution
- Improved Indoor Air Quality
While air sealing can be effective on its own, its impact on a home can be even greater when combined with high-performance insulation. Many New Jersey homes are outfitted with dirty, old and thin insulation, which, unsurprisingly, is both ineffective and can negatively affect indoor air quality. Solving the problem is as easy as installing new, high-performance insulation to boost air sealing efforts and make your home more comfortable.
Tom Rostron: Your One-Stop Local Shop!
The team at Tom Rostron Company is adept at solving air sealing issues, no matter how far the problem may extend. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with one of our home performance professionals!