Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks
Doing as much as possible to keep your home’s energy efficiency levels high is a no brainer. When you make an effort to ensure your HVAC systems aren’t working harder than they should be, you’re not just saving energy, you’re saving money. One of the ways your home could be losing significant efficiency is through air leaks around your home.
The most common leaks are from drafts that come through your windows or doors. These air leaks are fairly easy to find, but air leakage can also come from less obvious spaces throughout your home. Use the suggestions below to conduct your own energy assessment.
Inside your home
First, you’ll want to check your windows and doors. If they clatter or you can see light coming in between the door and the frame, they’re leaking and probably wasting energy and money, as well. Seal them with caulk or weather-stripping to fill in the leak.
Next, walk around looking for cracks and gaps in the following areas:
- Electrical outlets and light switches
- Electrical and gas service entrances
- Attic doors or hatches
- Wall and window air conditioning units
- Cable and phone lines
- Vents and fans
If you find air leaks in your home, use the Department of Energy’s tips for sealing leaks.
Outside your house
- Check exterior corners, making sure the edges match up correctly and there are no gaps
- Look for cracks or holes around outdoor water faucets
- Make sure siding is correctly aligned with windows and chimneys
- Search for gaps where siding or bricks meet your foundation
Conducting your own energy assessment can be effective for a number of air leaks in your home, but for even more energy savings, bring in a professional. Experts can do a comprehensive energy assessment, complete with a blower door test that can help detect major sources of energy loss in your home, and let you know how to fix them for improved energy efficiency. Contact Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Alliance for a professional energy assessment at 330-235-1260.