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Improve Your Winter with a Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit is one of the fundamental steps towards whipping your house into shape, reducing your energy consumption, and saving money on your utility bills.  “Yeah okay, I know I need to switch my light bulbs,” you might say. “My house already has insulation, I don’t need any of that fancy infrared imaging stuff,” you might think

Recessed lighitng- Air Leakage

Many residential buildings built in the 80s and 90s have an abundance of recessed can lights. As you can see in these photos they are often directly connecting the attic to the living space. The infrared (temperature sensing) image shows the air migratingn through and around this type of fixture during a blower door test. This is an unwanted energy loss in many of these buildings. This can be resolved by installing an airtight box over the top of this fixture and then sealing it to the attic floor or being replaced with an energy efficient LED retrofit recessed light.

How Blower Door Assisted Air Sealing Helps Find Leaks

Using a blower door--a device that sucks the air out of your house to simulate an especially windy day--is the best way to identify where your house leaks. For many of us, a thousand little pin pricks may add up to a hole in your house the size of a window left open 24 hours a day, 365 says per year. 

By using a blower door in coordination with air sealing, we can identify the biggest leaks and get them sealed. 

This video from Green Building Advisor shows how it's done. 

Air Sealing Where it Counts

Posted in: Air Sealing

The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope. 

This image comes from http://www.builderonline.com/energy-efficientconstruction/5-penetrations-that-provide-the-most-bang-for-your-air-sealing-buck.aspx 

Prepare for Winter with Professional Air Sealing

Fall is quickly approaching and soon it will be winter here in southern Wisconsin. Although you might still be dreaming of savoring one last warm night, it’s actually time to start thinking about how you can prepare for the colder weather.

Winters near Madison are usually extremely cold and snowy, so you shouldn’t expect anything different this year. How can you make sure your home is ready for winter? Air sealing can help you stay comfortable and warm this winter, while helping you save on your energy bills.