Consumer Reports Agrees!
We’ve been telling people for a while now that aerosealing a home or building can be the most significant thing you can do to save energy and increase indoor comfort – but it’s nice when others agree. Especially when that “other” is Consumer Reports magazine – a publication infamous for its fair and credible reporting.
This October’s issue of Consumer Reports includes a feature called Testing Your Energy IQ where they asked (and answered) questions regarding home energy efficiency. When it came to lowering energy costs, the publication confirmed what we’ve been saying all along – that the single most effective home improvement project for lowering your home energy bill is sealing ductwork.
The magazine asked over 1,000 Americans to choose between several energy-saving options including upgrading windows, insulating the attic, installing light colored roof shingles, and sealing all air leaks, including leaky ducts. Not surprisingly, more than 2/3 of those surveyed got it wrong. According to Consumer Reports testing, “the swiftest savings come from sealing air leaks…especially its ductwork.
According to CR editors, it would take about 20 years to recoup the costs of upgrading your home’s windows while duct sealing could lower annual energy costs by $400 (and we know for a fact that many homeowners are actually saving twice that amount).