Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks in Your Charleston Home

March 26, 2015

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 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 common leaks are from drafts entering through your windows or doors. These air leaks are fairly easy to find, but air leakage can also originate 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 inspect your windows and doors. If they rattle or you can see light coming in 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 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
  • Baseboards
  • Attic doors or hatches
  • Fireplaces
  • 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

  • Inspect exterior corners, making sure the edges match up perfectly and there are no gaps
  • Look for cracks or holes around outdoor water faucets
  • Make sure siding is properly aligned next to 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, including 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 Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Charleston for a professional energy assessment at .

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