Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks in Your Rochester Home

March 26, 2015

Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks

Doing the necessary work to keep your home’s energy efficiency levels high is a given. 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. Air leaks around your home are one of many ways your home may be losing efficiency.

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

Inside your home

First, you’ll want to look around your windows and doors. If they clatter 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, search your home 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 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 exactly and there are no gaps
  • See if there are cracks or holes around outdoor water faucets
  • Make sure siding is aligned accurately with windows and chimneys
  • Search 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 even more 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 maximum energy efficiency. Contact Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Rochester for a professional energy assessment at 603-923-4570.

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