Did you know that you can save as much as one-third of your home office’s heating and cooling costs simply by sealing up the air leaks?
It can be difficult to detect the biggest air leaks, as they cannot be seen by the naked eye. But with the services of an energy efficiency professional, you can identify the areas wherein the air drafts can come in.
Doors and Windows
Create an airtight rubber seal around your office doors and windows by having EDPM rubber weatherstripping installed. EDPM rubber is ideal for most businesses because it is affordable and long-lasting. You can also have custom rubber seals ordered to meet your home office’s specific needs.
Recessed lights have vents that lead to the attic, creating an easy gap for air to leak in. And considering businesses most likely have hundreds of these lights, they are your biggest source of air leaks. Use airtight baffles to seal them in or buy new lights labelled “insulation contact and air tight.”
The attic is where most of the air leaks come from. To prevent air leakage from wafting into the lower floors, use caulking around the attic access door. You may also have to use fibreglass insulation for open stud cavities and reflective foil for soffits.
Gaps in the foundation wall above the outside soil let the air seep in, but you can use heavy-duty weatherstripping to close them up. For sealing vent pipes used for the building’s heating system, use temperature-resistant caulking that can withstand the heat from the furnace and water heater.
To make sure you are targeting the right locations, consider hiring an energy efficiency firm to conduct an energy audit for your home office. This can help you pinpoint the areas that are leaking in air, so you can create a solid plan to close off leakage and reduce your energy expenses.