Why is Air Sealing Important?
Many air leaks and drafts are easy to find because they are easy to feel — like those around windows and doors. But air sealing is extremely important for holes hidden in attics, basements, and crawlspaces. These leaks can make your home uncomfortable, waste energy, and cost money. Most homes in the United States don’t have enough insulation and have significant air leaks.
Air leaks can often be found in the following areas:
- Attic/Attic Access Door
- Basement or Crawl Space
- Windows & Doors
- Recessed Lights
- Open Stud Cavities
- Flues & Chimneys
Benefits of Air Sealing
- Improved comfort
- Lower energy usage and costs
- Reduced noise from outside
- Less pollen, dust, and insects entering the home
- Better humidity control
Options for Air Sealing & Air Duct Sealing
Once your home has been inspected by a GreenFIT Homes expert, different types of products can be used to address different types of air leaks:
- Caulk, spray foam, and weather stripping for sealing smaller leaks
- Plywood, drywall, or rigid foam insulation for covering larger holes
- Sheet metal and high-temperature caulk to close gaps around chimneys and furnace flues
Proper interior ventilation is vital to your family’s health and comfort. It helps your home rid itself of moisture, smoke, cooking odors, and indoor pollutants. Structural ventilation controls heat levels in the attic, moderates dampness in the crawlspace and basement, and keeps moisture out of un-insulated walls.
At GreenFIT Homes, we offer a variety of ventilation services including interior, roof, foundation, and structural such as attic ventilation.
Attic ventilation requirements can be a bit tricky. “Tight” houses are better than leaky houses — with a caveat: tight houses without a proper ventilation system are just as bad as leaky houses with no ventilation system; maybe worse. Energy efficiency requires a tight shell; good indoor air quality requires fresh outdoor air. Ideally, the fresh air should not come from random leaks but from a known source; for this to happen, the house needs an adequate air barrier and a controlled ventilation path.
Benefits of Proper Ventilation
- Improved comfort
- Better air quality
- Lower energy costs
- Healthier environment/fewer indoor pollutants
- Reduced condensation & moisture
If you’re interested in air sealing, air duct sealing or ventilation services for your Grand Rapids or West Michigan area home, fill out the form on the right to request a free, no-obligation quote from one of our local Rockford air sealing specialists, or call us directly at 616.887.2901