I can easily say that everyone has this problem, if you have an attic space and we all do, then you are wasting countless dollars every minute of every day.
We all pay pretty close attention to other areas of leakage in our homes so why to do we all ignore this. Because it's sight unseen, if you can not see it then it must not be problem, right? Most of us that are concerned with energy and our utility bills will occasionally check our windows and doors to make sure they have a good seal when closed. It is only simple common sense and we all understand that leaks will cost us money.
The simple truth is that none of us think about all the holes in our ceilings and walls but we all know very well that they are there and that there are usually a bunch of these holes. All out light fixtures have an electrical box and most if not all of our electrical boxes are not sealed. This also includes the boxes in our walls as they in one form or another create a air flow path to the attic also. Even our crawl spaces have holes from inside our homes to the crawl space and cause leaks that go unseen every day.
The sad thing is that it is real cheap and only takes a little time to fix these unseen leaks in our homes. Simple rubber gaskets can be purchased and installed behind all of your electrical wall plates sealing off any air flow cheap and easy. While there are no ready made sealing gaskets for ceiling fixtures there are several methods that can be used to get these leaks under control and while many fixtures have insulation and some may even come with rubber gaskets you should still check these as the uneven surface of our ceilings can create gaps that break the seals. In many cases the only real solution may be to lower the fixture and seal the electrical box off with silicone sealant. Better make sure the power is off before starting this project as safety is always the beast first step.
Same thing can be applied to any air conditioning or heating registers, these also have gaps that allow for leaks into the attic or crawl space and it is as simple as removing the register and sealing the edges around the metal duct inside the opening. As with the electrical boxes simply run a bead of caulk around the edge of the box or duct and in many cases you will need to spread the caulk and push it into the gaps. Always use a good quality 20 or 30 year silicone caulk for best results and remember to wet your finger before you spread that caulk to help keep things clean and easy.
This would be great weekend project and well worth the effort, the savings from these improvements over time can be very surprising and nearly impossible to predict as every home is built differently.
Amer-Serv, Inc. Heating and Cooling can perform these improvements for you and get it all done very quickly and we will leave your home or business as clean or cleaner than we found it. We will also check your air ducts for leaks as part of this service and make sure your hard earned dollars are flowing into the house not into your crawl space or attic. The cost for these improvements can be surprisingly low so don't wait give us a call to schedule a free estimate.