Comfort is incredibly important, especially in the home. However, there are a lot of things that can get in the way of our comfort. One of the biggest culprits is a climate that is either too hot or too cold. If your home isn’t sealed or insulated, it may be even more uncomfortable, which is the reason why it may be time to take some measures to make your home more resilient to the extreme seasons. In the summer, you may have been troubleshooting a frozen AC and in the wintertime it is easy to have trouble with big heater issues, like uneven warmth. Sealing and insulating can solve all of these issues. Here is how to keep your home comfortable with air sealing and insulation.
First and foremost, you want to look for the major inconsistencies. This generally requires a top to bottom inspection of your home. In most cases, you don’t want to jump into sealing and insulating your home if you aren’t sure where you should start first. The first place you should look for inconsistencies is in your attic. Specifically, you want to look for a lack of insulation, or insulation with the wrong R-value. The R-value of insulation denotes which climatic region it is intended for – a cold weather region will require different insulation than a region that is more moderate. Next, you want to inspect your windows and doors – and even your basement foundation wall.
As you find leaks and energy inconsistencies, you want to mark them with either colored tape or chalk. It will be important to revisit these areas later when it is time to reseal. The last thing you want is to find leaks and then forget where they are. When it comes to checking for major energy leaks and drafts, you can typically use your hands to feel for sources of air and draftiness.
After you inspect and mark where all the leaks are, you can then take measures to seal the leaks. Starting with the attic, you probably want to purchase insulation and install it along the walls. Insulation is important in the attic because it will prevent energy from escaping through the roof. If you have any inconsistencies in the actual roof, you want to repair shingles until everything is sealed. Moving to other areas of your home, you probably want to re-caulk all the windows and add weatherstrips to the doors. In your basement, you want to carefully inject epoxy cement into cracks. It is important to not miss a spot because even a single draft or leak can waste a lot of energy.
In the end, the wintertime is fast approaching, so it is smart to start thinking about some ways to keep your home comfortable. The best way to do this is by sealing your home and adding more insulation – to your attic, but also any other areas in your home that need it. In the end, the winter can be a harsh time, but at least you can take some measures to make it a lot more tolerable.