The heat has finally gotten somewhat bearable here in Georgia, and many homeowners in the area are looking forward to fall festivities like pumpkin carving, apple picking, and decorating the house for Halloween. Pumpkins and fake spider webs might be finding their way into your home this fall, but one thing you don’t want to worry about is real spider webs.
If you’re seeing spider webs inside your home at this time of the year, it’s likely time to schedule air sealing for your home. We at Arbor Insulation Solutions like to refer to spiders as ‘nature’s little energy auditors’. They build their webs where air leaks exist to catch insects…
So, if you’re seeing real spider webs, don’t scream, call up our team …at Arbor Insulation Solutions.
How Do I Know It’s Time to Air Seal My Home?
Many homes in the greater Atlanta area are filled with tiny holes, cracks, and gaps which allow air and pests to travel in and out all year long. These air leaks most often appear around windows, door frames, electrical outlets, recessed lighting, the attic hatch, and plumbing penetrations. They also tend to crop up in ductwork, driving up your energy bills.
Common signs that there are air leaks in your home include:
- Drafts, especially around windows & doors
- Inconsistent indoor temperatures
- Constantly running HVAC equipment
- High energy bills
- Excess dust, allergens & pollutants
- Pests such as spiders
- Mold growth or excess humidity
The Benefits of Sealing Air Leaks
Okay, so it may be time to seal the air leaks in your home. But what kind of benefits can I expect from a properly sealed home?
Improved home comfort
Air sealing, along with insulation, keeps temperatures in your home more consistent. All of that air you’re paying to heat can’t escape in the winter, and unwanted outside heat can’t enter in the summer. Plus, air sealing helps reduce indoor drafts.
Increased energy efficiency
With more consistent indoor temperatures, your heating and cooling equipment doesn’t have to work as hard to keep you comfortable. And with your ductwork sealed properly, you won’t lose valuable conditioned air to duct leaks.
Lower energy bills
When your heating and cooling systems are able to keep your home comfortable more efficiently, your energy bills are lower. It’s as simple as that.
Greater moisture control
Air leaks—especially those in the crawlspace—often allow excess humidity to enter. This added moisture increases the possibility of mold growth. Proper air sealing and crawl space encapsulation keeps unwanted moisture out.
Start Targeting Air Leaks with an Energy Audit From Your Atlanta Area Efficiency Experts
Air leaks are hard to find, and it takes special equipment to pinpoint them. That’s where an energy audit comes in. An energy audit includes a visual inspection, blower door testing, and infrared thermal imaging by an experienced home performance specialist, which together reveal even air leaks which may be invisible to the human eye.
Seeing spider webs and indoor drafts in your own Atlanta area home? Talk to your local experts at Arbor Insulation Solutions. We have the experience and expertise to uncover air leaks in your home and use a variety of proven methods to eliminate every type of air leak.