Top 5 reasons to air seal and insulate your home

In addition to making your home more comfortable, sealing air leaks and adding insulation can also reduce your energy use which may lower your heating and cooling bills. Just like you wouldn’t go outside during winter without a coat, your home needs layers too protect itself against the cold too.

 Air sealing is the process of sealing cracks and other sources of leaks in your home to prevent heated air from escaping and unwanted outside air from entering your home.

 Insulation is a protective barrier between heated or cooled areas of your home and the outside to reduce heat loss and regulate air flow.

 Here are the top five reasons to air seal and insulate your home:

1. Increase comfort

When cold air enters your home, it lowers the temperature of the house and overworks your furnace. Your furnace then struggles to maintain the thermostat’s specified temperature. By reducing drafts and air leaks, your furnace will work more efficiently.

2. Reduce energy waste by up to 20 percent.

 After you seal leaks and insulate, your furnace doesn’t have to work has hard a break and you gain as much as 20 percent of heated air back in your home.

 3. Lower your heating costs

 By adding layers to the envelope of your home, your heating system works to your advantage and keeps you warm—because the furnace doesn’t need to run as often. This can lower your heating costs while still keeping you comfortable.

 4. Improve air quality

 Through sealing and insulation, you can control air flow and moisture, minimizing pollutants entering your home and circulating your duct system.

 5. Get a rebate

 You can receive up to $1,500 for an air sealing and attic insulation project. For a list of approved contractors, use our Find a Contractor tool. For rebate amounts, check out our rebates for your home page.