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The winter of 2015 may go down as one of the coldest on record, but for Connecticut homeowner Art Adelman it will be remembered as the year he finally improved the indoor comfort of his home and put a significant dent in his monthly energy bill.

For years, Art put up with house drafts that led to cold spots throughout his home. Like many homeowners, he had rooms that were never truly comfortable – not getting enough heat in the winter or air-conditioned air in the summer. At the same time, rising energy costs continued to peek his interest in home conservation strategies and ultimately motivated him to attend a home energy conservation presentation sponsored by his local utility, Con Ed.

Following the session, Art made an appointment to have an energy audit done to his home. When it was completed, the auditor handed him a report with a list of recommended fixes. The report came with several good energy-saving suggestions…and a high price tag to do the work.

As the chairman on the planning board of the upscale gated community where he lives, Art had come in contact with numerous contractors. So as a sanity check, he shared the final energy audit report with another energy expert he knew, who agreed that the recommendations, while sensible, seemed a bit expensive.

“He told me that if I do nothing else, I should at least seal the ductwork in my home,” said Adelman. “He said this is where I’d get the biggest bang for my buck. He suggested I call a company named ECS – Energy Conservation Specialists of Connecticut – that uses something called aeroseal, a new duct sealing technology developed by the U.S. Department of Energy. He said it was by far, the most effective means of sealing ducts…and should cost a lot less than the original quote.”

Once they got started, it took ECS owner Bill Henne and his son Tucker just a couple of days to seal the home’s entire ductwork. Instead of using traditional tape or mastic to seal individual leaks from the outside of the ducts, the aeroseal was applied as an aerosol mist of sealant that was blown into the inside of the ductwork.

“It worked kind of like fix-o-flat for the home,” said Adelman. “It both located and sealed the leaks. Since it worked from the inside, it was able to find them all– even those hidden behind walls or under attic insulation.”

Art and his wife could tell immediately that the aerosealing made a huge difference. The drafts were gone, and room temperatures were now even throughout the house. The final report generated by the computerized aeroseal system showed that aeroseal reduced leakage by 97% – from 365 CFM (cubic feet per minute) before duct sealing to just 12 CFM upon completion.

“The report aside, the difference that the duct sealing made was instant and obvious,” Art said. “My wife and I both noted that we could really feel a stronger, warmer flow of air whenever we passed by a vent.

It appears that Aeroseal also had a significant impact on the Adelman’s energy bill.

“I keep a month-to-month record of my Con Ed bills, and while it’s a bit early to calculate the exact difference, it’s clear that we will be saving on our energy costs too,” said Art. “ECS told us that most of their customers see a complete return on investment in two to three years. I understand that’s about a fifteen year or more faster ROI than what you can expect from upgrading windows or insulating walls.”

Art recently recommended ECS’s aerosealing service to a good friend who lives in another upscale housing community just down the road. Like Art, Norma has had to contend with uneven room-to-room temperatures that made parts of her 2,400 square foot, 3-level home uninhabitable during cold winter months.

“Art called me up and told me that the difference aeroseal made to his home was unbelievable,” said Norma. “When he told me it eliminated the drafts and dramatically improved the efficiency of his furnace, I knew it was what I was looking for too.”

It took ECS about two days – from inspection to final pack up – to seal Norma’s ductwork. Once again, the results were immediate and obvious.

“I lived with cold drafts for years because I simply couldn’t find a solution,” said Norma. “I would never have considered duct leaks as the cause. But now that my entire duct system is sealed, I have regained access to my entire home. During winter months, it was simply too cold to sit and read in the living room. The day ECS completed their work, I spent several hours in the living room reading and enjoying a cozy evening.”

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