Air Sealing for Insulation

Air leakage in Los Angeles homes is an all-too-prevalent issue. Holes, cracks, and gaps in a building’s envelope let air flow readily in and out. The moving air takes moisture, heat, and pollution along with it. As a result, your heating and cooling systems work harder than they ought to and this means that you’re sacrificing your comfort as expensive cooled or heated air is pumped outside. Air sealing your home for insulation is one of the most important things you can do to improve the comfort and energy-efficiency of your home.

When your home is air sealed and insulated, you’ll experience more consistent indoor temperatures, a reduced chance of moisture issues, and improved indoor quality. You’ll be paying less for a comfortable living environment and extending the lifespan of your heating and cooling equipment. And even when it comes time to replace that equipment, you’ll be able to install a smaller furnace or air conditioner, saving you even more. A comprehensive energy audit is critical in locating holes and cracks and determining how much air leakage exists in your home. In addition, an audit identifies the current insulation levels and improvement solutions.

The Insulation Company has a vast experience in creating an effective air seal before we install the insulation. We know just how significant this is and can seal off air leaks so as to prevent costly drafts and keep out pests. We can identify your home’s inefficiencies and then work to address them for a healthier, more comfortable, and energy-efficient home. Contact us today at 310-301-1818 for more information or for a free air sealing and insulation service quote.

Signs That You Should Make Air Sealing for Sealing a Top Priority

The number one reason business and homeowners call The Insulation Company is to solve issues related to their comfort. If you’re experiencing any of these noticeable symptoms, consider making air sealing for insulation a top priority:

  • You generally feel uncomfortable in your home
  • Rooms in your home that are always cold in the winter and/or hot in the summer, no matter how long their air conditioner or heater run
  • In the winter, you feel drafts in certain parts of your home or have constant cold floors
  • You have rooms that are about 15 degrees hotter than the rest of the house in the summer
  • Musty Odors
  • Dirty or stained insulation in the attic
  • Air conditioner running more than usual
  • Excessive dust, particularly in rooms located directly below the attic
  • Uncomfortable warm second story

Also, homeowners call us because of high utility bills. If you pay more than you anticipate in the winter or summer, air sealing can come in handy. Home discomfort can be attributed to massive air leaks and lack of insulation. 

Areas of Your Home or Business Property That Might Need Air Sealing

p>Air leaks could be lurking in almost any corner of your property, but the major areas of concern include chimneys and fireplaces, attics, floors, and baseboards, around doors, around recessed light fixtures in the ceiling, around windows, and doors. Many homes have the equivalent of a large open window or door in combined air leaks in their home. Some drafts and air leaks are easy to feel and find, like those around windows and doors. But crack and holes in crawlspaces, basements, and attics are more difficult and a bigger problem.

At The Insulation Company, we can do a detailed air leak inspection to determine if your house or business property has significant air leakage, and where they are located, if present. We usually carry out these tests just before laying down new insulation, but if you like, we can test for drafts autonomously of installing insulation. 

But the truth is that failing to carry out a detailed air leak test before installing insulation- especially in the crawlspace or attic- compromises the success of the entire project. In fact, it makes no sense to leave holes in your property for conditioned air to escape out through because air leaks can pull air right through or past insulation materials. Don’t even consider having insulation added without addressing air leaks first.

While air sealing is an important part of the insulation process, it cannot be used a lot to replace insulation. It really takes both air sealing and insulation to achieve maximum positive effect. Think of air leaks in your home or business property as leaks in a ship; you wouldn’t patch the leaks after adding a new engine.

Importance of Air Sealing Before Installing New Insulation

The decision to add insulation to an uninsulated basement or attic or to reinsulate walls or ceilings on your house is often an easy one. After all, no one wants to tolerate uncomfortably high or low temperatures in their homes on a daily basis. What’s more, everyone wants to pay less for gas and electricity bills. But the reality is that numerous structures, particularly older ones in the Los Angeles area are poorly ventilated and lack adequate insulation.

Air sealing before new insulation is installed will undoubtedly have a positive effect on your everyday life at home. And although some of the effects are more subtle, every benefit offered by air sealing is tangible and can be felt in the long-term.

To some extent, you want your house to “breathe” a little instead of trapping in too much moisture and installing a fan in the attic and other ventilation system component is significant. However, when air leaks are creating a draft and increasing the expenses of heating or cooling your house or letting in unwelcome pests, such air holes have to be properly sealed. When all unwanted openings are sealed and vents are installed, it creates controlled ventilation that keeps air circulating and prevents energy waste. This also helps improve indoor air quality and prevents dust and mildew from forming on your home’s insulation.

Moreover, when air sealing is combined with quality insulation, adjusting the temperature of your home becomes easier and faster. That translates to less time waiting in discomfort for the AC or heater to have its effect. Also, the state of the conditioned air will last longer. With this, you don’t have to use your heater or AC as much or make it work as hard, meaning that it will need less maintenance and will last longer.

Air Sealing and Improved Air Quality

Air sealing for insulation has numerous benefits and one point that we want to emphasize is that it goes beyond just boosting the ROI you get out of your insulation. Improved indoor air quality is one extra benefit air sealing. When outdoor air leaks into your house through the walls, especially on windy days, it’s highly likely that the air will bring with it mold, spores, allergens, unwanted moisture that can instigate mildew or wood rot, and other types of pollutants. Remember that this is the same air you and your family breathe in all day long, every single day. And since you cannot control the air outside, striving to keep their air inside as healthy as possible can have a great impact. With or without insulation, air sealing is an important part of maximizing indoor air quality.

The Issue of Mold, Mildew, and Humidity

If expensive conditioned air from the inside keeps escaping and air from outside keeps sneaking in, controlling humidity levels in your home becomes a tall order. High humidity is the main culprit in the growth of mold and mildew, which are a major health hazard. According to the CDC, a host of respiratory diseases, irritation to the eyes, throat, and skin, aggravated asthma, and out of control allergies can be attributed to in-home mildew and mold.

Serious health conditions and lung infections can lead to extreme cases, and the elderly and children are particularly at risk. Air sealing can make a noticeable difference if someone in your family has indoor allergies. It is worth noting that over time, humidity can result in parts of the structure of your home deteriorating faster than normal. And when this happens, you’ll need more repairs that will cost you extra money.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

In addition to the health and cost-saving benefits that come as a result of air sealing and insulation, there are environmental benefits that you should consider as well. Air sealing and insulation for businesses will for part of the path to LEED Certification, which many of today's environmentally concerned customers regard as a stamp of eco-friendliness.

Homeowners also stand to enjoy the many benefits of this undertaking. Just by making your home more energy-efficient, you may get valuable federal or state rebates or tax credits. Furthermore, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you played a role in reducing the collective carbon footprint of Los Angeles and Southern California. By accomplishing efficiency via air sealing, you will be using less energy to achieve the same indoor comfort level. And as such, you’ll be taking it easy on the environment and on yourself at the same time.

Understanding the Air Sealing Process

The air sealing process entails several different steps. To prep your property for insulation, the first thing we do is cleaning the area to be insulated of excess clutter, debris, and dust. Then, we apply our honed observation skills and experience to identify obvious air leak points.

The next step is finding the rest by carefully examining each square foot of the wall, ceiling, or floor to be air sealed. We also use air blowers, flashlights, and other tools to help us successfully locate all the leaks in your property. Moreover, we also find air leaks by observing points where old batts are depressed and dusty in cases that involve replacing the existing insulation.

Once we’ve located and marked all the leak points, we then get started on the actual sealing. In most cases, we use caulk to seal smaller holes and cracks. Drafts inoperable windows, under doors, and around attic entry hatches can be sealed using weather stripping.  When dealing with larger gaps and holes, we use drywall, plywood, or other sturdy materials. Metal sheeting with heat resistant caulk may be needed to air seal around flus and chimneys.

We can also caulk and air seal around plumbing pipes, ducts, near furnaces and water heaters, above cabinets, around points where wires enter the walls/ceilings/floors, and in several other common leak prone points. Moreover, we can install foam gaskets behind switch plates and outlets. The teams of experts at The Insulation Company know how to handle the task of locating and eliminating all forms of air leaks for insulation. And when your new insulation is installed, we’re confident that it will operate at its highest possible efficiency level.  

Potential Savings Brought About by Air Sealing

Heating and cooling accounts for a greater percentage of your energy consumption, and depending on the number of holes, cracks, and crevices in your house, air leaks can account for more than half this. But when you air seal and insulate your home or business, it can be possible to see your energy bill drop by 20%, 30%, or more. Of course, the exact savings will be determined by various factors, including the R-value of the insulation material you choose, the type, size, and location of your property, and the manner in which your energy company calculates its bills.  

But one thing stands; sealing air leaks has an enormous impact on your energy bill. The biggest impact will come from air sealing your floors, ceilings, attics, and the exterior facing walls. Sealing around doors and windows, air ducts, vents, pipes, fireplaces, chimneys, and numerous other smaller fixtures and structures will have a collective impact as well. Keep in mind the fact that air sealing and insulating individuals rooms can also save you a lot. If you only cool or heat a single room or a part of your home, it’s crucial to have that room sealed and insulated. If not, conditioned air will be escaping into the rest of the house, which means that you will be paying to heat or cool the whole house.

Why Choose The Insulation Company?

At The Insulation Company, we highly value our customers and we’re committed to be the best and earn their trust and confidence. We treat always make 100% customer satisfaction our top priority. You get a combination of comprehensive training and experience, second to none customer service, and conscientious concern for the customer's best interests. Our team is comprised of skilled experts who will not only treat you and your project with the utmost respect and professionalism.

We maintain openness, honesty, and fairness towards our clients. We don’t make promises that we can’t keep. From when you start communicating with us to when we actually execute and complete the project, our process is done with a kind of sophistication, professionalism, and meticulousness that we take pride in. We stick to our philosophy of ensuring quality before anything else. We take pride in our work because we know how much we help our clients save money every month.

We offer our customers a free, no-obligation and precise quote. This will be based on the information you furnish us with when you get in touch with us. We can give you a quote over the phone but an on-site evaluation may be required for a closer quote.

We understand that not everyone can afford to pay in full upfront for the cost of the air sealing and insulation installation and that’s why we work with our customers to find a way to make it happen. We’ll help you get financing for your air sealing and insulation project and also help you qualify for as many government incentive programs, rebates, and tax credits as possible.

Air Sealing for Insulation Near Me

The Insulation Company has many years of experience in air sealing homes and business premises in the Los Angeles area to prepare them for new insulation. We also provide other top-tier energy-efficiency related services to help L.A residents get their energy bill under control, reduce their carbon footprints, upgrade the usability and value of their homes, and extend the life of the new insulation. We can certainly do that for you!

If you’re planning to have your home or business property air sealed and insulated, do not hesitate to contact The Insulation Company today at 310-301-1818 for a free, no-obligation consultation and/or a quote.

Air leakage in Los Angeles homes is an all-too-prevalent issue. Holes, cracks, and gaps in a building’s envelope let air flow readily in and out. The moving air takes moisture, heat, and pollution along with it. As a result, your heating and cooling systems work harder than they ought to and this means that you’re sacrificing your comfort as expensive cooled or heated air is pumped outside. Air sealing your home for insulation is one of the most important things you can do to improve the comfort and energy-efficiency of your home.

When your home is air sealed and insulated, you’ll experience more consistent indoor temperatures, a reduced chance of moisture issues, and improved indoor quality. You’ll be paying less for a comfortable living environment and extending the lifespan of your heating and cooling equipment. And even when it comes time to replace that equipment, you’ll be able to install a smaller furnace or air conditioner, saving you even more. A comprehensive energy audit is critical in locating holes and cracks and determining how much air leakage exists in your home. In addition, an audit identifies the current insulation levels and improvement solutions.

The Insulation Company has a vast experience in creating an effective air seal before we install the insulation. We know just how significant this is and can seal off air leaks so as to prevent costly drafts and keep out pests. We can identify your home’s inefficiencies and then work to address them for a healthier, more comfortable, and energy-efficient home. Contact us today at 310-301-1818 for more information or for a free air sealing and insulation service quote.

Signs That You Should Make Air Sealing for Sealing a Top Priority

The number one reason business and homeowners call The Insulation Company is to solve issues related to their comfort. If you’re experiencing any of these noticeable symptoms, consider making air sealing for insulation a top priority:

  • You generally feel uncomfortable in your home
  • Rooms in your home that are always cold in the winter and/or hot in the summer, no matter how long their air conditioner or heater run
  • In the winter, you feel drafts in certain parts of your home or have constant cold floors
  • You have rooms that are about 15 degrees hotter than the rest of the house in the summer
  • Musty Odors
  • Dirty or stained insulation in the attic
  • Air conditioner running more than usual
  • Excessive dust, particularly in rooms located directly below the attic
  • Uncomfortable warm second story

Also, homeowners call us because of high utility bills. If you pay more than you anticipate in the winter or summer, air sealing can come in handy. Home discomfort can be attributed to massive air leaks and lack of insulation. 

Areas of Your Home or Business Property That Might Need Air Sealing

Air leaks could be lurking in almost any corner of your property, but the major areas of concern include chimneys and fireplaces, attics, floors, and baseboards, around doors, around recessed light fixtures in the ceiling, around windows, and doors. Many homes have the equivalent of a large open window or door in combined air leaks in their home. Some drafts and air leaks are easy to feel and find, like those around windows and doors. But crack and holes in crawlspaces, basements, and attics are more difficult and a bigger problem.

At The Insulation Company, we can do a detailed air leak inspection to determine if your house or business property has significant air leakage, and where they are located, if present. We usually carry out these tests just before laying down new insulation, but if you like, we can test for drafts autonomously of installing insulation. 

But the truth is that failing to carry out a detailed air leak test before installing insulation- especially in the crawlspace or attic- compromises the success of the entire project. In fact, it makes no sense to leave holes in your property for conditioned air to escape out through because air leaks can pull air right through or past insulation materials. Don’t even consider having insulation added without addressing air leaks first.

While air sealing is an important part of the insulation process, it cannot be used a lot to replace insulation. It really takes both air sealing and insulation to achieve maximum positive effect. Think of air leaks in your home or business property as leaks in a ship; you wouldn’t patch the leaks after adding a new engine.

Importance of Air Sealing Before Installing New Insulation

The decision to add insulation to an uninsulated basement or attic or to reinsulate walls or ceilings on your house is often an easy one. After all, no one wants to tolerate uncomfortably high or low temperatures in their homes on a daily basis. What’s more, everyone wants to pay less for gas and electricity bills. But the reality is that numerous structures, particularly older ones in the Los Angeles area are poorly ventilated and lack adequate insulation.

Air sealing before new insulation is installed will undoubtedly have a positive effect on your everyday life at home. And although some of the effects are more subtle, every benefit offered by air sealing is tangible and can be felt in the long-term.

To some extent, you want your house to “breathe” a little instead of trapping in too much moisture and installing a fan in the attic and other ventilation system component is significant. However, when air leaks are creating a draft and increasing the expenses of heating or cooling your house or letting in unwelcome pests, such air holes have to be properly sealed. When all unwanted openings are sealed and vents are installed, it creates controlled ventilation that keeps air circulating and prevents energy waste. This also helps improve indoor air quality and prevents dust and mildew from forming on your home’s insulation.

Moreover, when air sealing is combined with quality insulation, adjusting the temperature of your home becomes easier and faster. That translates to less time waiting in discomfort for the AC or heater to have its effect. Also, the state of the conditioned air will last longer. With this, you don’t have to use your heater or AC as much or make it work as hard, meaning that it will need less maintenance and will last longer.

Air Sealing and Improved Air Quality

Air sealing for insulation has numerous benefits and one point that we want to emphasize is that it goes beyond just boosting the ROI you get out of your insulation. Improved indoor air quality is one extra benefit air sealing. When outdoor air leaks into your house through the walls, especially on windy days, it’s highly likely that the air will bring with it mold, spores, allergens, unwanted moisture that can instigate mildew or wood rot, and other types of pollutants. Remember that this is the same air you and your family breathe in all day long, every single day. And since you cannot control the air outside, striving to keep their air inside as healthy as possible can have a great impact. With or without insulation, air sealing is an important part of maximizing indoor air quality.

The Issue of Mold, Mildew, and Humidity

If expensive conditioned air from the inside keeps escaping and air from outside keeps sneaking in, controlling humidity levels in your home becomes a tall order. High humidity is the main culprit in the growth of mold and mildew, which are a major health hazard. According to the CDC, a host of respiratory diseases, irritation to the eyes, throat, and skin, aggravated asthma, and out of control allergies can be attributed to in-home mildew and mold.

Serious health conditions and lung infections can lead to extreme cases, and the elderly and children are particularly at risk. Air sealing can make a noticeable difference if someone in your family has indoor allergies. It is worth noting that over time, humidity can result in parts of the structure of your home deteriorating faster than normal. And when this happens, you’ll need more repairs that will cost you extra money.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

In addition to the health and cost-saving benefits that come as a result of air sealing and insulation, there are environmental benefits that you should consider as well. Air sealing and insulation for businesses will for part of the path to LEED Certification, which many of today's environmentally concerned customers regard as a stamp of eco-friendliness.

Homeowners also stand to enjoy the many benefits of this undertaking. Just by making your home more energy-efficient, you may get valuable federal or state rebates or tax credits. Furthermore, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you played a role in reducing the collective carbon footprint of Los Angeles and Southern California. By accomplishing efficiency via air sealing, you will be using less energy to achieve the same indoor comfort level. And as such, you’ll be taking it easy on the environment and on yourself at the same time.

Understanding the Air Sealing Process

The air sealing process entails several different steps. To prep your property for insulation, the first thing we do is cleaning the area to be insulated of excess clutter, debris, and dust. Then, we apply our honed observation skills and experience to identify obvious air leak points.

The next step is finding the rest by carefully examining each square foot of the wall, ceiling, or floor to be air sealed. We also use air blowers, flashlights, and other tools to help us successfully locate all the leaks in your property. Moreover, we also find air leaks by observing points where old batts are depressed and dusty in cases that involve replacing the existing insulation.

Once we’ve located and marked all the leak points, we then get started on the actual sealing. In most cases, we use caulk to seal smaller holes and cracks. Drafts inoperable windows, under doors, and around attic entry hatches can be sealed using weather stripping.  When dealing with larger gaps and holes, we use drywall, plywood, or other sturdy materials. Metal sheeting with heat resistant caulk may be needed to air seal around flus and chimneys.

We can also caulk and air seal around plumbing pipes, ducts, near furnaces and water heaters, above cabinets, around points where wires enter the walls/ceilings/floors, and in several other common leak prone points. Moreover, we can install foam gaskets behind switch plates and outlets. The teams of experts at The Insulation Company know how to handle the task of locating and eliminating all forms of air leaks for insulation. And when your new insulation is installed, we’re confident that it will operate at its highest possible efficiency level.  

Potential Savings Brought About by Air Sealing

Heating and cooling accounts for a greater percentage of your energy consumption, and depending on the number of holes, cracks, and crevices in your house, air leaks can account for more than half this. But when you air seal and insulate your home or business, it can be possible to see your energy bill drop by 20%, 30%, or more. Of course, the exact savings will be determined by various factors, including the R-value of the insulation material you choose, the type, size, and location of your property, and the manner in which your energy company calculates its bills.  

But one thing stands; sealing air leaks has an enormous impact on your energy bill. The biggest impact will come from air sealing your floors, ceilings, attics, and the exterior facing walls. Sealing around doors and windows, air ducts, vents, pipes, fireplaces, chimneys, and numerous other smaller fixtures and structures will have a collective impact as well. Keep in mind the fact that air sealing and insulating individuals rooms can also save you a lot. If you only cool or heat a single room or a part of your home, it’s crucial to have that room sealed and insulated. If not, conditioned air will be escaping into the rest of the house, which means that you will be paying to heat or cool the whole house.

Why Choose The Insulation Company?

At The Insulation Company, we highly value our customers and we’re committed to be the best and earn their trust and confidence. We treat always make 100% customer satisfaction our top priority. You get a combination of comprehensive training and experience, second to none customer service, and conscientious concern for the customer's best interests. Our team is comprised of skilled experts who will not only treat you and your project with the utmost respect and professionalism.

We maintain openness, honesty, and fairness towards our clients. We don’t make promises that we can’t keep. From when you start communicating with us to when we actually execute and complete the project, our process is done with a kind of sophistication, professionalism, and meticulousness that we take pride in. We stick to our philosophy of ensuring quality before anything else. We take pride in our work because we know how much we help our clients save money every month.

We offer our customers a free, no-obligation and precise quote. This will be based on the information you furnish us with when you get in touch with us. We can give you a quote over the phone but an on-site evaluation may be required for a closer quote.

We understand that not everyone can afford to pay in full upfront for the cost of the air sealing and insulation installation and that’s why we work with our customers to find a way to make it happen. We’ll help you get financing for your air sealing and insulation project and also help you qualify for as many government incentive programs, rebates, and tax credits as possible.

Air Sealing for Insulation Near Me

The Insulation Company has many years of experience in air sealing homes and business premises in the Los Angeles area to prepare them for new insulation. We also provide other top-tier energy-efficiency related services to help L.A residents get their energy bill under control, reduce their carbon footprints, upgrade the usability and value of their homes, and extend the life of the new insulation. We can certainly do that for you!

If you’re planning to have your home or business property air sealed and insulated, do not hesitate to contact The Insulation Company today at 310-301-1818 for a free, no-obligation consultation and/or a quote.

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