Air Sealing Your Home Near Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Eugene, and Roseburg
You wouldn’t leave a window open on a cold night during winter with the furnace going full tilt. Likewise, you would not have an open window on a hot summer day while running the AC. But that’s exactly what you’re doing if you haven’t air sealed your home!
Air sealing is a way to improve the comfort of your home by making it airtight in all the right places to boost your energy efficiency and improve indoor air quality while lowering your energy bills.
Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver provides air sealing and testing services in Western Oregon and SW Washington. As one part of our home energy evaluation, we will help you determine the best ways to save energy by sealing air leaks that exist in your ducts, in walls and attic floors, in your basement or crawl space, and elsewhere in the home.
Doing so will save lost energy and dollars year-round. Moreover, your home will now be more comfortable. With our air sealing service, rooms that overheat in the summer because of hot air infiltration will become cool, and rooms that are cool and drafty in the winter because of cold air infiltration will become warm.
What many homeowners do not realize is that it's not uncommon for a home to have the equivalent of an open window's worth of air leakage, even when every window is shut tightly!
Air Sealing in OR & Southwest WA
Heat can find its way out of the home through a wide variety of gaps, cracks, and holes in all parts of the house. With our blower door test and home energy audit, we can quantify how much air is leaking out of your house and pinpoint the leaks.
From the attic to the basement, Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver can locate and seal air leaks all throughout the home. If you're interested in having us diagnose your home with our comprehensive home energy evaluation and seal air leaks to improve home comfort, call or e-mail us today!
We proudly offer our services all throughout Western Oregon and SW Washington, including Portland, Vancouver, Salem, Hillsboro, Keizer, Woodburn, Wilsonville, McMinnville, Tualatin, Newberg, Eugene, Roseburg, and more!
Stopping Leaks by Air Sealing Your Home in Western Oregon or Southwest Washington
Here are some handy tips to help you spot and eliminate the air leaks in your home that need air sealing treatments by Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver:
Understanding the "Stack Effect" - The laws of convection cause warm air in your house to rise. As it rises, it moves up through the attic, passing through dozens of cracks and exposed openings. As this air is lost, new air is pulled in from the crawl space, basement, and outside, only to be heated again and lost again. This cycle of air ex-filtrating from the top and infiltrating from the bottom is known as the "stack effect".
Small Air Leaks Mean Big Money - When houses leak air, you're left continuously paying to heat, cool, and dehumidify air from the outside. Air leaks are an enormous waste of energy, and they make it much more costly to keep your house comfortable.
Your Insulation Tells a Story - Dirt stains on fiberglass insulation are a clear sign of air leakage. It shows that the insulation is merely serving as a filter, trapping dirt and dust the same way a furnace filter would. If you see dirt-stained insulation, you can be sure that your house is leaking air!
Joints = Air Leaks - Because your house is made from thousands of pieces and parts connected with nails and screws, small gaps often exist where one part of your house connects to another. While a joint may be airtight when first installed, that may not be the case today. Wood can shrink, materials can expand or contract, and connections come loose. Leakage points can form anywhere -- ones that should be sealed to save you money.
Contractors Create Air Leaks - Air leaks are built into the construction process as your house is being assembled. As soon as the framing crew finishes creating the house shell, another team of workers marches in to cut it apart for their specific purposes. Electricians, HVAC installers, and plumbers will drill and saw their way through floors, walls, and ceilings, creating channels for wires, heating ducts, water lines, and more. The holes that are created don't compromise your home's strength, but they do result in a network of leakage points that can let air move in and out.
Don't Insulate Before Air Sealing - There are many air leaks in your house where heat can leak out of the conditioned space and into the attic. If you insulate without air sealing the surface first, the air will just leak right through the insulation. Air sealing should always be done before insulation is installed, and Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver provides both air sealing and insulation services.
Air seal your home for energy savings
Common Places that Need to be Air Sealed in Your Home
- Around pipes and wires
- Around chimney passes
- Duct chases
- Between framing and drywall at the top of walls
- Can lights
- Pull down stairs and scuttle holes
- Rim joists and sill plates
- Sump pump holes
- Basement windows
- Windows and doors
- Under sinks - plumbing penetrations
- Bath fans
- Whole house fans
- And many, many other places!
Save Energy & Money with Air Sealing by Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver
Don't let any more of your conditioned air escape from your home. Get air sealing treatments for your home in the Western Oregon and Southwest Washington areas from Josh Lowe's Dr. Energy Saver. When you need our services, contact us online or give us a call at 541-485-2282. We are your trusted air sealing contractor serving Vancouver, Salem, Hillsboro, Portland, Keizer, Woodburn, Wilsonville, McMinnville, Tualatin, Newberg, Eugene, Roseburg, and more!