Seal Your Home Top to Bottom
Making your home more energy efficient and keeping it warm in the winter means sealing it up from top to bottom. In other words, sealing your attic and crawl space is a great way to keep warm air from escaping and stop cold air from making its way in. Along with sealing gaps and cracks around windows and doors, this will greatly reduce your energy costs and ease the workload on your HVAC system.
Heat rises, so it only makes sense that a good portion of warm air escapes your home through leaks and holes in the attic and roof. As this warm air rises inside your home, it also draws cold air in through the leaks of your crawl space making for cold floors and drafty rooms. Adding insulation may seem like the ideal solution but insulation alone will not stop warm air from escaping.
Every attic needs proper ventilation. Sealing it does not stop the proper air exchange – it is simply stopping the exchange of air between the attic and the house. Much of your home’s wiring, piping, and ductwork is concealed in the attic. The holes these materials go through are often left unsealed by contractors, leaving many spots for hot and cold air to pass through. Sealing these holes, combined with insulation, will help your home maintain a desired temperature.
Crawl Space Sealing
According to the US Energy Star program, sealing your crawl space can save you an estimated 20 percent on energy bills. Not only does sealing your crawl space make your home more energy efficient, it also creates a drier, healthier space under your home. Eliminating the chance of moisture entering your crawl space helps reduce the chance of mold and mildew forming as well.
Unsealed crawl spaces are well known for having major air leaks – leaks that can leave the home feeling drafty and uncomfortable. Similar to what we mentioned about attic spaces, significant amounts of conditioned air can also escape through unsealed holes in the crawl space meant for wiring and plumbing.
A duct system that is properly sealed can also make your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and safer. Bradley Mechanical uses a proprietary sealant technology called Aeroseal to significantly reduce duct leakage. It can reduce leakage down to around 5 percent making your duct work and HVAC system much more efficient while increasing your indoor air quality.
We want you and your family to feel comfortable in your home this winter. Having your attic and crawl space sealed by the team of professionals at Bradley Mechanical will not only keep the warmth in and cold out but also save you money on your next energy bill. We have been making Richmond homes safer, more energy efficient and more comfortable for over 50 years. Give Bradley Mechanical a call today at (804) 748-6728 and let us show you why our service has earned the trust of thousands of local homes throughout Central Virginia.