And obviously we’ve talked a lot about insulation because, well, that’s our business.
So now let’s discuss combining these factors together in what we’ll call the Complete Thermal Package.
The Complete Thermal Package includes a third element: windows.
When all three elements are thrown together you have a recipe for the perfect energy retrofit. Let’s discuss the three ingredients in detail:
- Air Sealing. Air leaks are responsible for cold rooms, uncomfortable environments, high heating bills, air drafts, and energy inefficiency. They can account for up to 40% of heat loss in your building! Air sealing your home or building truly is the first step to a more comfortable, efficient home. If you’re looking to cut waste and save energy, start with a thermal scan to detect where all the air leaks are occurring. Then begin air sealing.
- Windows. Windows are a very important part of the building envelope, the outer shell of a building designed to protect the interior from the exterior environment. They include the roof, exterior walls, windows and doors. Old and leaky windows can wreak havoc on your comfort level—not to mention your electric bill. If your windows are in good shape, they might just need to be air sealed with spray foam, caulking or weather stripping. If they are old or structurally unsound, new thermally-insulated windows are in order.
- Insulation. The whole purpose of insulation is to cut down on heat exchange through surfaces such as walls, floors, ceilings and roofs. Start by insulating your attic and/or roof first, since you lose a considerable amount of heated air through the roof. Then consider crawl spaces, basement band joists, and walls. Want to know if your insulation stacks up ? Contact us. We’ll conduct an Insulation Audit and give you options for your energy retrofit.
Remember to address all of the above three elements in order to achieve a complete thermal package. Only completing one or two is like putting a band aid on a gaping wound. Take care of these three things and you can anticipate major results and true benefits—namely lower utility bills and a healthier indoor environment.
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