Entergy Solutions recommends ceiling insulation equalling R 30 (about 13 inches) in the attic, and offers incentives to help you. We use blown-in fiberglass to insure hot air doesn't seep down into your home.
If your attic has this much insulation or less, you qualify for incentives through Entergy Solutions.
We can add insulation up to R48 for a small additional cost.
Why is duct sealing important?
Leaky ductwork is one of the most common problems found in houses. Our tests have shown that leaky ducts can lose as much as 70% of the air you pay to heat or cool. Technicians have found ducts completely disconnected so that most of the air is escaping. Because the air in the ducts is under pressure, a one square inch hole in ductwork loses as much air as a 20 square inch hole in the wall would. Average losses are about 30% and can be reduced to very low levels by proper testing and sealing.
While the whole house needs about three air exchanges an hour for a “healthy house,” the ductwork should have as little leakage as possible. Leakage is not only expensive, but can prevent the heating and cooling system from delivering the comfort it should. Worse yet, duct leaks could be creating air quality problems that could affect the family’s health. Duct testing can determine how much the house is leaking and pinpoint where the leaks are so the technician can seal them.
We have two options for sealing ductwork. We usually use a prescriptive approach and simply seal everything we can get to. Sometimes with really complicated systems, we do Blower Door and Duct Blaster testing.
Ducts are sealed with special mastics designed to last for many years. The mastics are water based and are safe for people and animals. When fresh, it can be cleaned up with water. The mastic dries to a hard finish.
The tech will set up a "blower door" over the doorway that blows air in, increasing the air pressure inside the house. This measures the amount of air the house is losing.
We will test for whole house air leakage and install weatherstripping and caulking where needed. A house that is too tight can have moisture problems and insufficient fresh air. We will be cautious not to get your house too tight.
We will replace yourexisting light bulbs with LED bulbs to help you save more energy.