Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks in Your Austin Home

March 26, 2015

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 way your home may be losing efficiency is through air leaks.

A large number of leaks are from drafts that come through your windows or doors. These air leaks are relatively easy to find, but air leakage can also be found in less obvious spaces in your home. Use the suggestions below to complete your own energy assessment.

Inside your home

First, you’ll want to inspect your windows and doors. If they shake easily or you can see light coming in around the frame, they’re leaking and likely 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
  • Baseboards
  • Attic doors or hatches
  • Fireplaces
  • Wall and window air conditioning units
  • Cable and phone lines
  • Vents and fans

If you find air leaks in your home, check out 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 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 additional energy savings, hire a professional. Experts can complete a comprehensive energy assessment, including a blower door test that can help find major sources of energy loss in your home, and share information on how best to fix them for maximum energy efficiency. Contact Strand Brothers Service Experts in Austin for a professional energy assessment at 512-596-1257.

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