Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks in Your Richmond 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 make sure your HVAC systems aren’t working harder than necessary, 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 relatively easy to spot, but air leakage can also originate in less obvious spaces around 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 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 take care of 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, check out the Department of Energy’s tips for sealing leaks.

Outside your house

  • Examine exterior corners, making sure the two sides match up perfectly and there are no gaps
  • Look for cracks or holes around outdoor water faucets
  • Make sure siding is aligned accurately 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 additional energy savings, call in a professional. Experts can conduct a comprehensive energy assessment, complete with a blower door test that can help find major sources of energy loss in your home, and let you know how best to fix them for greater energy efficiency. Contact Eveready Service Experts in Richmond for a professional energy assessment at 804-548-4480.

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