Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks
Doing everything you can to keep your home’s energy efficiency levels high is an easy decision. When you make an effort to ensure your HVAC systems aren’t working harder than necessary, 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.
A large number of leaks are from drafts that come through your windows or doors. These air leaks are relatively easy to spot, but air leakage can also be found in less obvious spaces around your home. Review the suggestions below to conduct your own energy assessment.
Inside your home
First, you’ll want to check your windows and doors. If they shake easily or you can see light coming in around 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 through your home to look 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 around your home, take a look at the Department of Energy’s tips for sealing leaks.
Outside your house
- Check 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 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 additional energy savings, hire a professional. Experts can complete a comprehensive energy assessment, including a blower door test that can help detect major sources of energy loss in your home, and let you know how best to fix them for greater energy efficiency. Contact Strand Brothers Service Experts in Austin for a professional energy assessment at 512-596-1257.