Dodrill Comfort & Energy Solutions provides air sealing and testing services in the WV area. As one part of the Home Energy Audit we provide to homeowners in the area, we will help you determine the best ways to seal air leaks that exist in your ducts, windows, attic, and elsewhere in the home.
If you’ve ever left a window open in your home during the winter, you’re well aware of how much heat is lost through the opening. On top of that, you’re probably braced for the worst when the utility bills arrive, as the furnace has been needlessly using up extra fuel to maintain the temperature.
What many homeowners do not realize is that it’s not uncommon for a home to have the equivalent of an open window’s worth of air leakage, even when every window is shut tightly.
Heat can find its way out of the home through a wide variety of gaps, cracks, and holes in all parts of the house. With our blower door test and home energy audit, we can quantify how much air is leaking out of your house and find the leaks. Dodrill Comfort & Energy Solutions can locate and seal air leaks in West Virginia homes. If you’re interested in having us diagnose your home with our comprehensive Home Energy Audit and seal air leaks to save you money, call or e-mail us today!
Air Sealing Your Home For Energy Savings
Dirt stains on fiberglass insulation are a clear sign of air leakage. It shows that the insulation is filtering the air leakage, and it traps dirt and dust the same way a furnace filter would. If you see dirt-stained insulation, you can be sure that your house is leaking air!
Joints = Air Leaks. How do air leaks form in a home? To begin with, your house is made from thousands of pieces and parts, including nails, wooden boards, framing, electrical wire, wall panels, pipes, and so on. Small gaps exist wherever one part of your house connects to another.
While a joint may be airtight when first installed, that may not always be the case. Wood can shrink, materials can expand and contract at different rates, and connections can come loose. Leakage points can form all over — ones that should be sealed to save you money.
Sealing Air Leakage Saves Money
Sealing air leaks that appear in a home’s building envelope is a process called “Air Sealing”. When applied to a home, it increases the comfort and energy efficiency of the home, while decreasing fuel bills.
However, finding and sealing air leaks is much easier said than done. Locating these air leaks requires special equipment, training, and access to parts of the house a homeowner would generally not be able to (or want to) reach.
Once the sources have been located, it’s also important to select the best products and practices to properly air seal these areas.
No more leaks! – For many air sealing tasks, Dodrill Comfort & Energy Solutions recommends two-part foam. The mixture leaves the nozzle in liquid form, expanding rapidly to fill and adhere inside cracks and gaps. As it cures, the foam will create a barrier that is both airtight and functional as insulation.
The Payoff to Air Sealing
Most homeowners are excited to see how much energy they’ll be saving now that they’ve had their home air sealed. With Dodrill Comfort & Energy Solutions, you won’t need to wait to see the difference in energy efficiency in your home.
Dodrill Comfort & Energy Solutions technicians can perform a second blower door test when the sealing work is done. The lower leakage rating confirms that you have a more airtight home, with enhanced energy performance, greater comfort, and lasting savings on your heating and cooling bills.