Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks
Doing everything you can 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 they should be, 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.
The most common leaks are from drafts that come through your windows or doors. These air leaks are generally easy to spot, but air leakage can also be found in less obvious spaces around your home. Review the suggestions below to complete 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 between the door and the frame, they’re leaking and undoubtedly 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
- 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, check out the Department of Energy’s tips for sealing leaks.
Outside your house
- Check exterior corners, making sure the materials match up correctly 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, bring in a professional. Experts can do a comprehensive energy assessment, complete with 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 Becht/Givens Service Experts in Louisville for a professional energy assessment at 502-785-8230.