For South Central Pennsylvania homeowners who are attempting to enhance home performance and comfort, there are a number of different home upgrades to choose from. Unsurprisingly, the list of valuable upgrades that might benefit a home can be overwhelming, and knowing how to move forward is often easier said than done.
At Energy Smart Home Improvement, we believe that air sealing—combined with high-performance insulation—is the most important thing that homeowners can do to get their homes perming at peak efficiency.
Many people don’t realize just how much the home envelope matters when it comes to improving indoor comfort levels and reducing energy bills. The home envelope is essentially what separates your home’s conditioned and unconditioned spaces—your kitchen and your garage, for example. When properly sealed, indoor air stays right where it’s supposed to, and outdoor air is unable to enter the home.
Problems can stem from the fact that many homes are littered with tiny cracks and gaps, some of which may be next to impossible to see with the naked eye. Unsurprisingly, this allows unwanted air exchange to occur. This air exchange translates to 1) wasted energy going out the window and 2) a less comfortable home environment.
Air sealing is the process of filling the tiny cracks and gaps found within a home. This service is instrumental in allowing you to save money on energy bills and keep your home comfortable, especially if you’ve experienced drafts during the winter or just can’t seem to keep your home cool during the summer months. When combined with insulation, it’s without a doubt the most effective route to take for a more comfortable, energy efficient home.
Unconditioned air entering living spaces is a leading cause of cold/hot rooms. “Stack Effect” air leakage is often the cause of temperature differences between 1st and 2nd floors.
Your attic insulation acts as a dirty filter when air is allowed to exchange between living spaces and unconditioned areas above.
The EPA estimates that between 25% and 30% of your $ spent on heating and cooling is lost through leaks in your attic, basement and other areas.
A Healthy, Comfortable Home Paid for by Energy Savings!
The Rim and Band detail in your home is where the wood framing sits above your foundation. It consists of a sill plate that sits directly on the foundation and a band board that
In most homes the rim and band detail is one of the biggest sources of heat loss and air infiltration. The rim joist area can cause more air leakage into your home than all the windows combined. Air sealing the rim and band detail is one of the most cost effective energy efficiency upgrades you can perform.
Health issues can start in the basement. A house breathes from the basement up. The air entering the rim and band can contain high levels of moisture, increasing the likelihood of microbacterial growth and mold growth. Mold problems in the basement affect
Rim joists let in more than air! Spiders, bugs, and even mice find the rim and band area to be a convenient place to enter the home. Using closed cell spray foam Energy Smart can correct this critical home energy detail.