Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks
Doing the necessary work to keep your home’s energy efficiency levels high is a no brainer. 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.
The most common leaks are from drafts that come 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 conduct 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 coming in around the frame, they’re leaking and probably wasting energy and money, as well. Seal them with caulk or weather-stripping to eliminate the leak.
Next, search your home 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 throughout your home, use the Department of Energy’s tips for sealing leaks.
Outside your house
- Examine 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
A DIY 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 share information on how best to fix them for greater energy efficiency. Contact Strogen's Service Experts in Rochester for a professional energy assessment at 603-923-4570.