Finding and Fixing Air Leaks

Finding and Fixing Air Leaks

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We do a lot of things to make our homes energy efficient. We buy high-efficiency appliances, change out lightbulbs, and work to conserve water. While all those efforts are great for the environment and our pocket books, we might be missing the easiest and most common energy-sucks, air leaks.

By effectively sealing all the leaks in your home, you could save up to 30% on your energy costs. With summer approaching, sealing up any leaks in your home can keep high, hot air from entering your home and keep your cool air in. Locating problem areas is easier than you think!

How to Find Leaks

Doors and windows are two of the most common places to have escaping air. An easy way to check for leaks is to hold a lit candle where the frame meets your walls. If smoke is drawn towards to opening, then you have a leak. This technique can be used any place you think there may be a potential leak. An energy audit is also a costlier, but effective way to find leaks and other potential energy issues. Check these 10 common spots to seal up your home.

  1. Chimney chase
  2. Light fixtures
  3. Plumbing fixtures
  4. Interior wall cavities
  5. Basement masonry and seals
  6. Attic
  7. Ducts
  8. Electrical outlets
  9. Windows
  10. Doors

How to Fix Air Leaks

For windows and doors, replacing them may be the best option. Not only can you get a stronger seal, but double paned glass can also save you on energy costs. If replacing windows isn’t an option, upgrade your weather stripping to seal any openings. Adding extra insulation in attics, basements, and exterior walls can help keep air inside. A little caulk around electrical outlets and fixtures can help seal those leaks.

Finding and fixing leaks in your ductwork can be more complicated. During your semi-annual maintenance check, we can check and repair any air leaks in your ductwork that are costing you money. Schedule your check-up and start saving money on your energy bills!