Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks
Doing everything you can to keep your home’s energy efficiency levels high is a given. When you make sure your HVAC systems aren’t working harder than they should be, you’re not just saving energy, you’re saving money. One way your home may be losing efficiency is through air leaks.
The most common leaks are from drafts coming through your windows or doors. These air leaks are generally easy to find, but air leakage can also be found in less obvious spaces in your home. Take advantage of the suggestions below to do your own energy assessment.
Inside your home
First, you’ll want to inspect your windows and doors. If they rattle or you can see light coming in between the door and the frame, they’re leaking and undoubtedly wasting energy and money, as well. Seal them with caulk or weather-stripping to eliminate 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 throughout your home, use the Department of Energy’s tips for sealing leaks.
Outside your house
- Inspect exterior corners, making sure the two sides match up perfectly and there are no gaps
- See if there are cracks or holes around outdoor water faucets
- Make sure siding is properly aligned next to 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 uncover major sources of energy loss in your home, and share information on how best to fix them for improved energy efficiency. Contact Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Tulsa for a professional energy assessment at 918-212-8927.