In a perfect world, we’d all schedule professional energy audits regularly in our homes to find energy leaks. In the real world, however, a professional energy audit isn’t always within our budgets. So, we’re faced with the do-it-yourself route when it comes to correcting air leaks.
The Department of Energy cites air leaks as the major source of energy losses in homes. Conditioned air escapes through air leaks, while unconditioned air finds its way inside, undermining our cooling and heating efforts. Some of the major sites for leaking air:
Outdoors, the major leak sites are faucets, exterior corners and where the foundation and siding/brick meet.
You can find places where air is leaking by visual inspection, checking for gaps or holes, or by lighting an incense stick and waving it in front of suspected leak sites. If the smoke wavers, air is leaking.
Apply the following fixes to leaks:
In addition, insulate all exterior faucets. Apply caulking and weatherstripping around mail slots and foundation seals. Make sure caulking around exterior door frames is in good shape.
If you’d like to know more about detecting and fixing air leaks in your home, contact Powers Heating and Air. We provide Peachtree City and the surrounding area with expert heating and cooling services and installation.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.
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