Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks
Doing as much as possible 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. One way your home may be losing efficiency is through air leaks.
The most frequent leaks are from drafts entering through your windows or doors. These air leaks are relatively easy to identify, but air leakage can also come from less obvious spaces throughout your home. Review 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 rattle 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, 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 in your home, check out the Department of Energy’s tips for sealing leaks.
Outside your house
- Inspect exterior corners, making sure the materials match up perfectly and there are no gaps
- Check for cracks or holes around outdoor water faucets
- Make sure siding is correctly aligned 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 even more energy savings, hire a professional. Experts can complete a comprehensive energy assessment, complete with 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 Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare in Oakville for a professional energy assessment at 289-813-5566.