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Insulation Tips for Clean Air

Insulation Tips for Clean Air

April 17, 2020

insulation tips for clean air

If you are one of the many Americans working from home because of the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to ensure that your indoor air quality is top-notch. Insulation and air sealing both play a great role in ensuring you have clean air and no energy loss. If you are looking to find ways to maintain healthier indoor air quality, check out these helpful insulation tips for clean air by the pros at DFW Thermal.

1. Check for Leaks

Air leaks worsen indoor air quality and even force your air conditioner to work overtime. They lead to the loss of clean, conditioned air and allow polluted air inside your home. To prevent this from happening, it is important check for air leaks around your home. Here are some effective and easy ways you can check for air leaks:

  • Flashlight Method

Try this out when it is dark outside. Inspect any gaps or cracks near your doors and windows that could potentially be air leaks. Have someone shine a flashlight through these gaps while you stand outside. If you see any light making its way through, you might have an air leak.

  • Paper Method

Shut a door or window on a piece of paper. If the paper slides through, you might have a leak in your door or window.

  • The 2nd Paper Method

Hold a small piece of paper in a place where you suspect a leak such as an electrical outlet or window frame. If the piece of paper moves a little bit, you might have an air leak.

2. Seal Up Your Home

Once you notice any air leaks you have, it’s time to seal them up. If there are any leaks in your doors and windows, chances are the weatherstripping material might have worn out. Adding weatherstripping is an easy and effective way to ensure your windows and doors aren’t letting air leak out. This sealant is available at your nearest home improvement store and comes in a variety of materials such as vinyl, foam and even metal.

If the air leak is coming from an electrical outlet, check out this guide about how you can properly seal your outlets. You can add gaskets or aerosol foam behind your outlet to ensure proper insulation.

3. Check Your Attic

If your attic isn’t properly insulated, air is most likely to escape from here since it is the highest point of your home. This can lead to a phenomenon called the “stack effect” caused by air escaping from the top of your home, causing air to be sucked in from the bottom. In addition, an uninsulated attic can lead to significant energy loss and worsened indoor air quality. That’s why it’s important to inspect your attic to ensure you have enough insulation and no air leaks. For a thorough guide on inspecting your attic insulation and R-Value, check out this detailed blog post.

Want more insulation tips – or clean air insulation tips in general? Contact the pros at DFW Thermal. You can call us today at 214-731-3115 with questions and concerns about our services and hours of operation. You can also schedule a service with us on our website!