Category: air seal

Looking to Save Money on Energy Bills? Check Your Basement

For most homes, basement rim joists and box sills are a major source of energy loss. These areas are located around the perimeter of the basement ceiling, where the walls of the home meet the foundation.

This is one of the thinnest points in a home’s exterior, which allows outside air to easily leak into the basement. This area is also a convenient way for pests to enter a home. Spiders, bugs and other creatures can easily find their way from the ground outside your home into your home through penetration points left behind around HVAC, electrical and plumbing access points around the basement ceiling.

Spray foam is an ideal product to both insulate and air seal the rim joists and box sills. Spray foam insulation is a two-in-one product that both seals air leaks and insulates – and it goes beyond what a homeowner can do on their own.

Insulating and air sealing your rim joists and box sills will make your basement (and entire home) more comfortable, help keep out pests and help reduce your energy bills. Contact us to schedule your free estimate!

National World War I Museum and Memorial Project

Our company takes great pride in serving homeowners, builders, commercial contractors, and other customers. Every so often, we are called upon to handle interesting projects. The National World War I Museum and Memorial is one of those projects.

The Museum recently underwent renovations that included improvements to a lower level space used to house traveling exhibits. Since exhibits are delicate, climate and moisture control are of utmost importance. If the museum is unable to adequately maintain proper moisture levels, they would be suspended from accepting traveling exhibits.

Hayes Insulation was brought into the project to provide insulation and air sealing. Three members of our installer team worked for seven days to complete the work, all of which was performed after hours when the Museum was closed. Our work included installing two inches of Icynene closed cell spray foam over the walls and ceiling of the space as well as DC315 ignition barrier.

The job was a success and the general contractor was pleased with our work. Our installers and our entire team at Hayes Insulation were honored to work on this important project.

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Is Your Upstairs Warm During Summer? Here’s Why.

Most people understand a basic principle about air – warm air rises, cool air sinks. If you aren’t familiar, this principle is demonstrated by watching a hot air balloon in action. When it’s filled with heated (light) air, the balloon rises. When the air inside the balloon cools down, it becomes dense (heavy) and the balloon lowers to the ground.

This principle applies to all air, including the air inside your home. Warm air rises to the upper levels of a house, cool air drops to the lower level of a house. In building science language, this is called stack effect.

During summer months, warm air enters your home through penetration points around the home (e.g. doors, windows, small air leaks around the building envelope) and rises to the upper level of the home. When the HVAC runs, that cooled air drops to the main level of the home. How does this play out? Your upper levels are hot and the main level is cool. Running the HVAC system more won’t cool the upper level, since the cool air will continue to drop to the main level.

Let’s take this one step further and think about winter. In the winter, warm air inside the home is desired. What do homeowners do? They turn up the HVAC system. The HVAC system warms the main level, and that warm air naturally rises to the upper level of the home. Since warm air is light, that conditioned air escapes through air leaks in the roof. The HVAC system continues to run and heated air continually escapes through the roof. It’s a vicious cycle that can send energy bills through the roof.

If you dread the upper floors of your home during summer months because of hot and uncomfortable air, your home needs air sealing and insulating. Contact us to discuss your home’s summer comfort issues and schedule a free estimate.

Suffering from Allergies? Air Seal Your Home!

When winter begins to fade, thoughts of warm days and green grass are welcome. If you suffer from allergies, spring brings many symptoms that can make the season hard to bear.

If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, air sealing your home is one way to keep pollen, dust and other irritants out of your home (not to mention it can make your home more comfortable).

A home’s envelope has many penetration points that allow air to enter and exit the home. These penetration points can be around areas like duct work and chimney chases and exist between building materials (studs, framing, etc.). As a home naturally breathes, outside air is drawn into the home’s interior. This natural process draws outside pollen, dust and other irritants into your home’s inside air.

Sealing air leaks helps keep outside air and pollutants from entering your home. In addition to reducing interior allergens, air sealing your home has other benefits:

  • More comfortable living environment. Air infiltration can contribute to problems with moisture, dust, as well as the entry of pests. Sealing air leaks can help maintain your indoor comfort.
  • Reduced energy bills. Sealing air leaks keeps conditioned air inside your home. This means your HVAC system will do less work to maintain your home’s internal temperature, which can reduce your energy bills.
  • A quieter home. Air leaks also allow outside noise to enter your home. Sealing these leaks also keeps out noise, which can result in a quieter home.

Interested in air sealing? Contact or call us today for a free Air Sealing estimate!