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 have to, you’re not just saving energy, you’re saving money. One way your home may be losing efficiency is through air leaks.
The most frequent leaks are from drafts that come through your windows or doors. These air leaks are fairly easy to spot, but air leakage can also originate in less obvious spaces around your home. Use the suggestions below to do your own energy assessment.
Inside your home
First, you’ll want to look around your windows and doors. If they rattle or you can see light through spaces between the door and the frame, they’re leaking and likely wasting energy and money, as well. Seal them with caulk or weather-stripping to take care of 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 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 perfectly and there are no gaps
- Check for cracks or holes around outdoor water faucets
- Make sure siding is aligned accurately with windows and chimneys
- Check for gaps where siding or bricks meet your foundation
An at-home energy assessment can be effective for a number of air leaks in your home, but for additional energy savings, bring in a professional. Experts can do a comprehensive energy assessment, which includes a blower door test that can help find major sources of energy loss in your home, and let you know how best to fix them for maximum energy efficiency. Contact A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Waldorf for a professional energy assessment at 301-747-3140.