When it comes to true home comfort, it’s impossible to ignore the importance of your heating and cooling system. HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems play a major role in keeping homes comfortable throughout each season of the year, and the more efficiently they run, the more comfortable the home will be at any given time. Boosting your home’s HVAC systems is an essential part of achieving great home efficiency, yet many homeowners in the Pioneer Valley area simply don’t know where to start. While there are many ways to improve HVAC functionality, one of the most effective ways to do so is via air sealing.
What is Air Sealing?
At face value, your home likely appears to be well-constructed and sealed from the outside air. While you may not realize it, it’s extremely common for even the most well-built homes to have small cracks and holes in areas around foundations, ceilings, attics, windows, and doors. These small, even microscopic leaks cause conditioned inside air to escape the home and unconditioned air from outside to enter. What this means for you is that your heating, cooling, and ventilation systems need to work harder in order to keep the home cool in the summer or hot in the winter—air sealing helps put a stop to all of this.
By air sealing cracks and gaps scattered throughout your home, you’re effectively tightening the building’s perimeter (or “building envelope”), reducing air leakage (infiltration/exfiltration), and improving indoor air quality (IAQ). All of these benefits will not only cause your HVAC systems to operate more effectively, but it will increase home comfort and health. After all, indoor air quality issues can lead to a number of different health problems, and the more you can do control your conditioned environment, the safer you and your family will be.
Air Sealing with the Energia Team
While air sealing may seem relatively straightforward, it’s something that really needs to be handled by a team of experts. The team at Energia has extensive knowledge on air sealing best practices, and we’ll work to determine exactly what needs to be done in order to boost your home’s HVAC system and make air leaks disappear. While most people think of insulation for energy savings, most homes have 10% to 30% of their heat loss due to air leakage. When properly performed, air sealing can help you save on your home heating and cooling bill each month! Add to this the enhanced home comfort that comes along with air sealing, and it becomes clear that there’s no better time than now to get started.
If you’re looking to boost the performance of your HVAC system before the winter weather hits, Energia is here to help.