The key to a comfortable home and lower energy bills.
Up to half of the energy we use to heat or cool a home can simply escape without proper insulation. Insulation helps to: save money on energy bills; reduce energy use; lower greenhouse gas emissions; reduce reliance on heating and cooling systems while improving your comfort at home. Some types of insulation can even make your home more soundproof!
What is the “thermal envelope”?
The thermal envelope represents the boundaries of your home that separate the living space (conditioned area) from the non-living space (unconditioned area). The thermal envelope consists of the floor (either the foundation slab, or raised floor above the crawlspace or basement), the walls (including windows and doors), and the attic floor. A high-performing home must contain a consistent, well-insulated thermal envelope.
Insulation works with air sealing measures to ensure the thermal envelope performs as intended, keeping your home comfortable through the hottest summer days and the coldest winter nights. Without air sealing, the energy and comfort value of insulation is undermined when warm or cool air penetrates the thermal envelope.
In order to create this high-performing thermal envelope, Huft Home Services will evaluate the tightness of your home by conducting air sealing testing.
What is air sealing?
We use air sealing to reduce leakiness in your home. Small air leaks throughout your home add up to the equivalent of leaving a window open all day, all year long. These leaks allow cold air to escape (and hot air to enter) during the summer and hot air to escape (and cold air to enter) during the winter. Up to 30% of the energy and money you spend heating and cooling air can be lost through these leaks.