Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks in Your Houston Home

March 26, 2015

Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks

Doing as much as possible to keep your home’s energy efficiency levels high is a given. When you ensure your HVAC systems aren’t working harder than they should be, you’re not just saving energy, you’re saving money. One of the ways your home could be losing significant efficiency is through air leaks around your home.

The most frequent leaks are from drafts that come through your windows or doors. These air leaks are fairly easy to find, but air leakage can also be found in less obvious spaces throughout your home. Review the suggestions below to do your own energy assessment.

Inside your home

First, you’ll want to check your windows and doors. If they rattle or you can see light coming in around 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 in your home, check out the Department of Energy’s tips for sealing leaks.

Outside your house

  • Check exterior corners, making sure the materials match up exactly and there are no gaps
  • See if there are 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 additional energy savings, call in a professional. Experts can conduct 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 maximum energy efficiency. Contact Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Houston for a professional energy assessment at (713) 352-7887.

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