How Do I Check My Home for Air Leaks?

Living in Trinity, TX and surrounding areas, you know it can get really hot in the summertime. Air leaks in your home can have your cold air blowing right out your doors, through your windows, and countless other places you might not even realize. Detecting these leaks helps you identify where the air is coming in or escaping so you can seal the leaks for good.

Visually Inspect Your Home’s Exterior

Walk around the outside of your home looking for areas where leaks may occur. Obvious culprits include the corners of your home’s exterior, areas where the siding meets your chimney, areas where exterior bricks or your home’s foundation meets the siding, and areas around outdoor water faucets.

Check Out the Usual Suspects Inside Your Home

Inside your home, there is a treasure trove of potential hot spots for air leaks. Some you may know about already. Others may come as a total surprise. These are some of the first places you’ll want to check:

  • Electrical outlets and switch plates
  • Door and window frames
  • Weather stripping around your doors
  • Services into your home (including gas, electrical, cable and telephone)
  • Vents and fans (including dryer vents)
  • Lighting and plumbing fixtures inside your home
  • Baseboards
  • Fireplace dampeners

You can usually feel around these areas with your hand to see if there is air coming through.

Your Air Duct Experts

Conducting air leak tests in your home can save you countless dollars each year in heating and cooling costs. More importantly, it helps to ensure you and your family get the comfortable temperatures and living conditions you’re actually paying for inside your home. If you are unable to check for air leaks yourself or haven’t been able to identify specific problems, we can help. Just call in the professionals at WA Air Conditioning in Trinity, TX, to conduct a full home energy audit to help you get better performance from your HVAC system and more mileage out of it.

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January 17, 2019 1:33 am