For most people, the largest and most expensive purchase they will make will be purchasing their home. It’s a significant investment. A refuge from the craziness of the outside world. A place for roots to be planted and lives to be grown.
With that in mind, homeowners often do whatever needs to be done to ensure their home is maintained and kept up. Maintaining a home can involve countless hours of cleaning and many repairs. If gas is leaking, they will get the gas leak fixed. A leak like that could be potentially fatal if left unattended. If a pipe is leaking, it will be a top priority repair. It can lead to detrimental and costly problems if it is ignored.
What would you say if I told you that another type of leak is most likely happening in your very own home? The damages might not be as dangerous or extensive as leaking gas and water pipes. They aren’t even visible to the average naked eye. But over time, this leak can cause many problems.
The leak I am referring to is air leakage. The website, energy.gov, defines air leakage as “occur[ing] when outside air enters and conditioned air leaves your house uncontrollably through cracks and openings.” Some of the problems that can happen when a house is leaking air are:
- high energy bills from having to be running your furnace or air conditioner constantly
- poor indoor air quality
- moisture problems inside your home (If left unattended, these problems can lead to health problems for those living in the house and can affect the structural durability of your home.)
Air leaks are happening all over your home. You may be able to guess that a lot of your air leaks happen around doors and windows that are not sealed properly. But would you guess that there is air leaking through your walls, floors, and ceilings? (Visit this website for a more extensive list of air sealing trouble spots.) Think about these numbers:
- 10% of your heat escapes through your floors
- 25% of your heat escapes through your ceiling
- 35% of your heat escapes through your walls
While you can do things like adding caulking and foam strips to problem areas like windows and doors, you can also seal up those air leaks in your walls, floors, and ceilings with proper insulation. This is where RetroFoam injection foam can help. Most typical types of insulation are made to stop the conduction of heat. They don’t do much to stop the convection of heat. RetroFoam has high R-values to stop the conduction of heat, AND it provides an air seal to stop the convection of heat. (Click here to read more about R-values, conduction, and convection.)Think of it as putting a windbreaker on your house.
When RetroFoam injection foam is injected into your walls, it fills in all of the nooks and crannies that traditional insulation misses. When your house has the proper air sealing, good things happen. Your energy bills go down. The quality of air that you breathe increases. You also have an additional defense against moisture in your home. Most importantly, your comfort levels in your own home go up.
If you are interested in making sure that your home is properly air sealed, consider contacting one of our RetroFoam professionals today.