Among other things, air sealing can help your current insulation be more efficient, keep unconditioned air outside where it belongs, and keep your utility bill in check.
By now you should know that air sealing around windows and doors is pertinent. Checking your attic hatch is a good idea too, as is plumbing chases and light fixtures; just about any penetration in your building can be a source of air leakage.
But how do you know where to start identifying air leaks in order to patch them?
A good way to start is with a quick thermography. You can do this yourself if you happen to have a hand-held infrared temperature camera, like this one. But it might be best to leave it up to an insulation contractor or energy auditor, who typically have IR thermal cameras in their arsenal of tools.
Thermal cameras let you scan large areas at once, even from a distance, allowing you to see the whole picture instantly. Like this:
Scanning various areas around your home or building, especially around windows, doors and exterior walls, will give an instant snapshot of air leaks. From there it should be easy to identify the areas that need to be air sealed.
Want to take it one step further? Go for an Energy Audit. Energy auditors use specialized tools and skills to evaluate your home as a whole system; they’ll look at your walls, roof, insulation, heating system, building materials, etc and assign an energy efficiency score to your home as a whole and give recommendations for improved comfort and efficiency. You’ll want to find an auditor that is RESNET Accredited since this is the nationally recognized system for inspecting a home’s energy performance.
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