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 sure your HVAC systems aren’t working harder than they should be, 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 frequent leaks are from drafts coming through your windows or doors. These air leaks are relatively easy to find, but air leakage can also come from less obvious spaces throughout your home. Take advantage of the suggestions below to conduct your own energy assessment.
Inside your home
First, you’ll want to inspect your windows and doors. If they clatter or you can see light through spaces between the door and 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, 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 around your home, take a look at 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
- Note 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 greater energy savings, hire a professional. Experts can complete 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 Mountainwest Service Experts in Salt Lake City for a professional energy assessment at 385-399-0280.