Five facts you should know about insulation and air sealing
Insulation and air sealing play a key role in your home, helping keep them cool in summer and warm in winter. Here are five facts about both – and reasons why neither should be overlooked:
- The average U.S. home has an astonishing half-mile of gaps and cracks.*
Proper insulation and air sealing can help homeowners save up to 30 percent on home energy costs, according to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).
Without adequate insulation and air sealing, temperatures in an attic can top 160 degrees during the summer. A well insulated attic helps reduce heat flow from the attic to the house and this helps the HVAC system run less.
Lower monthly energy bills are what tend to attract homeowners most when it comes to insulating their home. Without insulation and air sealing, many other energy-efficient components and equipment, such as HVAC systems in the home may not perform as intended.
Insulation and air sealing helps keep temperatures consistent from room to room, making the home more comfortable.
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Gary Parsons Gary Parsons is the Lead Building Scientist in Dow Building Solutions Research and Development. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a licensed residential contractor in the state of Michigan, a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and a member of ASHRAE. www