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You probably think of your ceilings as solid surfaces, but the truth is that ceilings leak air into unfinished attic spaces through gaps and openings, accounting for up to 30% of a home’s heating and cooling cost. Some of these leakage points include plumbing, electrical wiring, exhaust fans, attic access points, heating and air conditioning vents, etc. Pictured is an example of leakage points we frequently find and seal where your ceiling meets your attic. You can do this yourself or we can do it for you thanks to an energy saving program offered by your local utility company.





The ceiling of your house is typically the area of your home that allows the greatest air infiltration/exfiltration (a.k.a. leakiest). This is because of the many penetrations in your ceiling (lighting, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, etc) that allow unconditioned air to enter your house through the attic space. This picture, taken from the attic, is a bathroom exhaust fan. Upon installation, the contractor rarely seals the gap between the exhaust fan and the drywall. This allows unconditioned air from the attic to penetrate the house. You can see that we sealed the gap with expandable spray foam to prevent air transfer. Just one example of how we make your home more air tight.






Troubling find in the attic of our customer. This is an old HVAC return that has been abandoned. Someone failed to seal where the HVAC return duct once connected to the HVAC return box. You can still see the filter. The result? A large opening allowing air to transfer between the attic and the interior of the home. We were able to make the repair at no cost thanks to a program offered by the local electric company.








We sealed a significant leak in the HVAC supply plenum which was resulting in high duct leakage readings. Sealing leaks in the HVAC system results in lower energy costs, improved comfort, and enhanced indoor air quality





Is your furnace in a closet? If so, there is a 90% chance that the return box/chase below the furnace closet has not been sealed. The pics below show what we find daily. The return was exposed to open wall cavities allowing the HVAC system to pull in unconditioned air rather than recycling the conditioned air from within the home. A sealed return protects your system from increased maintenance, reduces energy demand, provides improved indoor air quality, and helps keep you healthy.






This ceiling return was open to the attic and resulting in major duct leakage and air infiltration. The hvac system was pulling hot attic air through the return. Additionally, the opening was allowing hot attic air to enter the conditioned living space. Fortunately for the homeowner, we were able to seal the opening at no cost thanks to a program offered by her utility company. Now the return is only pulling in conditioned air through the hvac system.





We found a disconnected duct line in the attic of a home in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is where the return line connects to the unit. Rather than pulling conditioned air from the house back through the return, the unit was pulling in hot attic air through the return. We reconnected the line, taped the joints, and applied a sealant.










As a participating contractor in the SWEPCO Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, we were pleased to learn that a home we serviced had the highest energy savings of all homes treated in the 2015 program year.

 

David Guerra
Josh Wiggins
Matt Baugher
Jason Jenkins
Michael Laningham

(NW Arkansas)

(TX, LA, OK)



E3 Solutions, LLC is a BBB Accredited Energy Management & Conservation Consultant in Conway, AR

(Little Rock, AR region)