Having an air leak in your home can end up costing you a considerable amount of money over time. These leaks cause your heating and cooling system to run more often than it should, which uses up more energy and results in higher bills throughout the year. Knowing how to find air leaks in your home can help you cut down on energy usage and keep your energy bills lower.
Check the Exterior for Gaps
Air can leak through gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior, so performing a visual inspection of it is important. Check all of the corners on the outside of your home, as well as around outdoor faucets. You should also check for gaps between your chimney and siding and in areas between your foundation and siding.
Check the Interior for Gaps
Air leaks are common in certain areas of home interiors. There are several places to check for gaps and cracks inside your home, including electrical outlets and switch plates, baseboards, vents, fans and fireplace dampers. Make sure you check around your door and window frames for cracks and gaps too, since these are common areas for air leaks.
Move Doors and Windows
If you don’t see any visible cracks or gaps, try rattling your doors and windows. If you’re able to do this, it means that you potentially have an air leak. You might also notice that you’re able to see light from outside, which means that there are openings that air can leak through.
Dealing with Air Leaks
If you discover that you have air leaks in your home, you can get rid of them by sealing up cracks, gaps and other openings. Use caulking or weatherstripping to close these openings and stop air from leaking. Keep in mind that if you have older doors or windows, replacing them might provide a more effective way to prevent an air leak.
If you need help with an air leak in your home, please contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We provide reliable HVAC services in Grand Traverse County.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air leaks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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