Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks in Your Albany Home

March 26, 2015

Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks

Doing the necessary work to keep your home’s energy efficiency levels high is an easy decision. When you ensure your HVAC systems aren’t working harder than they should be, you’re not just saving energy, you’re saving money. Air leaks around your home are one of many ways your home may be losing efficiency.

A large number of leaks are from drafts entering through your windows or doors. These air leaks are relatively 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 clatter or you can see light coming in between the door and the frame, they’re leaking and undoubtedly wasting energy and money, as well. Seal them with caulk or weather-stripping to fill in 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, take a look at the Department of Energy’s tips for sealing leaks.

Outside your house

  • Inspect exterior corners, making sure the two sides 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
  • Check 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 greater energy savings, bring in a professional. Experts can do a comprehensive energy assessment, complete with 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 D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Albany for a professional energy assessment at 518-205-3324.

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