Stop Your House's Air Flow and Lower Your Bills
Article was added on Wednesday, November 30, 2011
After a long day at work, I'm ready to go home and relax. Our
homes should be an oasis for all of us-where we can kick back and
But there's no oasis of comfort when your home is too cold in
winter or oppressively hot in the summer. That means it's leaking
air-and wasting money.
One of the best things you can do if you have high electric
bills is check the insulation. How much is in your attic and
basement or crawl space? What kind is it? Is there an air barrier
along with the insulation? The answers to these questions will
determine how much energy and money you can save.
Air infiltration is one of the main problems for most homes.
It's healthy to have some air flow in and out of your home, but too
much leads to discomfort and high electric bills. Properly
installed insulation paired with an air barrier can do a lot to
If you have fiberglass insulation―whether blown or rolled
batts-you'll need to create an air barrier by sealing all of the
cracks and gaps between the living spaced and unfinished areas with
caulk and expanding foam. Cellulose does a better job of blocking
air, but only foam insulation offers its own air barrier.
Check out EnergySavers.gov to
learn more about insulation.
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