I’ve heard of air sealing insulation, but I don’t understand how it is different from regular insulation installation. Can you explain the difference for me?

There is nothing better than quality insulation installed by professionals, but you can go one step further in insulating your home with air sealing. Insulation is what lines walls, ceilings and floors. It seals in your home’s desired core temperature while keeping out the extreme weather outside. Whether you’re using blown in insulation or foam spray insulation, you’re going to reap the benefits of using a quality insulator to keep your home or building comfortable.

When high-quality insulation is installed properly it can save homeowners up to 40% on energy costs. This means that you can cut your electricity bill almost in half and to get yourself even closer to that halfway mark we suggest air sealing.

Air sealing is different from installing insulation because it takes insulating your home to the next level. When you air seal your home you improve the effectiveness of your heating and cooling devices. The less air that is able to enter or exit your home, the less your devices will have to work. When a home’s core temperature is unstable due to poor insulation, heating and cooling devices have to work overtime, turning off and on frequently to regulate the set temperature. When a home is properly insulated these devices are able to turn off more frequently and for longer periods of time. This saves on energy and in turn saves money.

Air sealing helps fill any gaps around doors and windows. This prevents a leaking air from exiting your home and gusts of wind from entering your home. After insulation has been installed air sealant expanding foam is used to cover up any remaining cracks, crevices or gaps. Air sealing insulation does not expand as quickly as foam insulation. It takes a few minutes for the sealant to fully expand and effectively fill in the surrounding spaces. Once it has expanded it creates an airtight seal that keeps the heat in during the winter and the heat out during the summer.

Because blown in insulation and the spray foam insulation are quite bulky and intended for larger spaces, air sealant takes their place for tight hard-to-reach spaces. When a door or window is installed air sealant is used around its perimeter. Air sealant is also used around the frames of windows before drywall is put up.

Insulation and air sealant are two different products. You wouldn’t want to use either or. They should be used together. What insulation cannot seal air sealant should be used to cover up.

Because of the amount of insulation you may be installing into a home or building, air sealant may not seem like a necessity, but you’d be surprised how much more efficient your home would be if it were completely sealed tight. When you don’t use air sealant you are not completely insulating your home. This extra step to making your home airtight is worth the investment, because in the long run is going to save you more money than insulation alone and it will also improve the resale value of your property.