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 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 common leaks are from drafts entering through your windows or doors. These air leaks are relatively easy to find, but air leakage can also come from less obvious spaces in your home. Use 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 coming in between the door and the frame, they’re leaking and likely 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
  • 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, take a look at 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
  • Search for gaps where siding or bricks meet your foundation

An at-home 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 find major sources of energy loss in your home, and share information on how best to fix them for greater energy efficiency. Contact Pardee Service Experts in Charleston for a professional energy assessment at 843-410-6103.

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