Air sealing: See your winter heating costs plummet

Seal it and save.
Cut heating costs this winter.

Winter is when Canadians heat their home the most. Sure, it’s a necessity at this time of year but who enjoys receiving extremely high heating bills? Nobody, that’s who! What if we told you there were a cost-effective solution to see your winter heating costs plummet? Allow us to introduce the power of air sealing.

What is air leakage?

Air leakage describes the process of outside air entering and conditioned air leaving a home. In poorly sealed homes, this process unknowingly takes place through cracks and openings. If you’re wondering why your home still feels chilly and uncomfortable even with the heating on, you’re probably suffering from air leaks.

What problems do air leakages cause?

Air leakage doesn’t just mean your heating system has to run longer and more often, resulting in unnecessarily high heating costs. Additionally, air leakage contributes to moisture problems. When moisture is carried into framing cavities, it causes mould and rot. This doesn’t simply affect occupants’
health but can destabilize a property’s structure as well.

How can air sealing help?

Air sealing has multiple benefits for homeowners, including:

  • Reducing drafts and cold spots
  • Improving indoor comfort

  • Cutting heating (and cooling) costs
  • Creating a healthier indoor environment

What types of air sealing solutions exist?

The most common and effective types of air sealing are caulking, expanding spray-foam,
and weatherstripping. Knowing which type to use is key.


Caulking involves the use
of caulk, a flexible material
often made of silicone,
polyurethane or latex.
Caulk is used for cracks and
gaps between stationary
building sections.


Expanding spray-foam
expands to take the shape
of cracks and voids forming
a permanent, air tight and
waterproof bond to wood,
metal, masonry, glass and
most plastics.


Weatherstripping is
appropriate for things
that move like windows
and doors. This is
commonly made of felt,
rubber, vinyl, and
reinforced foam.

Choose AmeriSpec for air leakage
identification

Areas of air leakage are unique to your own space. However, common areas include:

  • Windows & Doors 
  • Plumb vents 
  • Attic hatches
  • Foundation sills

The best way to identify problem areas in your home is to book a professional home inspection from AmeriSpec. Rely on our team to detect air leakage areas so you can rest comfortably this winter and beyond.

Choose AmeriSpec for air leakage
identification

Areas of air leakage are unique to your own space. However, common areas include:

  • Windows & Doors                          • Attic hatches
  • Plumb vents                                   Foundation sills

     

The best way to identify problem areas in your home is to book a professional home inspection from AmeriSpec. Rely on our team to detect air leakage areas so you can rest comfortably this winter and beyond.

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