Air sealing is one of the most important steps in improving the comfort and performance of your home. The Hayes Company has years of experience in finding and fixing air sealing issues. There are several areas of a home that can be air sealed:
General Air Sealing
There are gaps and holes in various places in your home that contribute to drafts, cold spots and overall leakage. Depending on the location, air sealing and insulation can sometimes be done with one product.
The average home loses 30% of its conditioned air to leaks in the duct system. Uninsulated ducts in non-conditioned spaces are subject to the temperature changes of their environment. Air sealing and insulating ducts drastically improve conditioned air delivery.
Improving and Weatherizing Windows and Doors
In addition to sealing penetration points in a home, windows and doors that are old or have been poorly installed are notorious for having air leaks. Improving poorly performing doors and windows is an important part of energy efficiency. The Hayes Company is experienced at improving and weatherizing windows and doors through a variety of methods in both repair and replacement. Our installers take the time to get the details right regardless of the method employed.
Replacement is not the only option for poorly performing windows and doors and it is usually the most expensive. Our knowledge of properly placed weatherstripping and common air leakage points for sealing can improve your windows and doors save you thousands of dollars.
Windows have weatherstripping at connection points such as the jambs and sashes. Doors have weatherstripping at the frame. If this has worn down or the frame of the window or door is no longer square at the corners, you can have issues opening and closing them as well as drafts.
Window Trim Sealing
Many times shortcuts have been taken in window installation and time was not taken to foam the rough opening around doors and windows. If this step has been skipped, air can leak in and out of the home from around the trim pieces.
Air Sealing FAQs
Why do I need to seal my attic if I’m adding insulation?
Fibrous insulations such as fiberglass and cellulose are not air barriers. While they do provide thermal protection, they allow air to pass through. This results in air leaks and increased energy usage. Air sealing stops the escape of air from the home.