In a world plagued with deforestation, and air and water pollution, going green is more important than ever. Sure, improving the environment is an enormous task, but there are plenty of ways we can help on a local level and even reap the benefits of energy efficiency.
One of the most beneficial ways you can go green is ensuring that your home is as energy efficient as possible. After all, if your home is letting in outside air, your furnace and AC unit will be forced to work harder, expending more energy and increasing your monthly energy bills.
At Clean Crawls, we know how valuable an energy efficient home can be, both for your wallet and the environment. After years of performing high-quality crawlspace and attic insulation services, we have found that the greatest amount of energy loss in the home occurs in the crawlspace and attic. With this information in mind, we have compiled a few ways you can avoid energy loss in your home:
Seal Air Leaks
Imagine walking to your car on a freezing January morning. The trees are bare, everything is coated in frost, and the very air feels like ice on your skin.
Now imagine that cold air inviting itself into your home. The thought is far from appealing.
Many homeowners are unaware that their houses contain cracks and crannies through which outside air can travel. In the winter this means chilly air coming in and heat escaping; in the summer the problem is just the opposite.
After recognizing the problem, sealing air leaks becomes a matter of locating and filling the cracks with caulk, spray foam, and/or weather stripping. The most common areas to find air leaks are attics, crawlspaces, window frames, door frames, and around vents or other pipes.
Add or Replace Insulation
Similar to air leaks, old or nonexistent insulation can contribute greatly to energy loss in the house. And, as you might expect, the most common trouble spots are found in crawlspaces and attics. Professional inspections are highly recommended, but you can check out the insulation yourself by feeling for cold drafts and looking for mold. Properly installed, insulation should reduce moisture and condensation, which in turn eliminates mold and mildew. If you find any mold, it’s a pretty good indication that the insulation is not doing its job.
Insulation also prevents premature roof deterioration, ice buildup, and sustains a comfortable in-home temperature. If any of these tasks aren’t being performed by your attic or crawlspace insulation, it might be a sign that you need it replaced. And when the insulation isn’t working, your HVAC system is forced to work overtime to heat or cool your home, resulting in a larger carbon footprint and higher energy bills.
Clean Air Ducts
In addition to crawlspaces and attics, your air ducts are a common major culprit of energy loss. However, the issue with air ducts is not faulty insulation, but decreased airflow and air loss. The more air ducts are used, the more dust, pet dander, mold, and mildew will build up, causing your furnace to work harder to heat your home and use more energy. Poorly connected ducts, cracks, and holes let valuable warm air escape altogether.
In short, even if your attic and crawlspace are perfectly sealed and insulated, dirty air ducts will still prevent you from efficiently heating and cooling your home. To return your ventilation system to its peak energy efficiency, considering hiring a professional air duct cleaning company.
Insulation and Air Duct Experts
Clean Crawls provides insulation installation, air duct cleaning, and home sealing services to families across the Seattle area. Our trained and certified teams of experts are dedicated to efficiently and safely preparing your home for every season, going green and saving on monthly bills all at once. In fact, our air sealing services cut your cooling and heating bills by 20% or more, simultaneously improving the air quality and comfort of living. To learn more about Clean Crawls and how we can help, call us at 866.518.7058 or fill out our contact form.