Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks
Doing as much as possible to keep your home’s energy efficiency levels high is an easy decision. 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 coming through your windows or doors. These air leaks are relatively easy to find, but air leakage can also originate in less obvious spaces throughout 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 coming in around 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, walk around looking 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, check out 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 correctly aligned with 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, bring in a professional. Experts can do a comprehensive energy assessment, which includes a blower door test that can help uncover major sources of energy loss in your home, and let you know how to fix them for maximum energy efficiency. Contact Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Columbia for a professional energy assessment at 803-399-7208.