Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks in Your Kitchener Home

March 26, 2015

Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks

Doing everything you can to keep your home’s energy efficiency levels high is a no brainer. When you ensure your HVAC systems aren’t working harder than necessary, 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 coming through your windows or doors. These air leaks are fairly easy to identify, but air leakage can also come from less obvious spaces throughout your home. Review the suggestions below to conduct your own energy assessment.

Inside your home

First, you’ll want to check your windows and doors. If they shake easily or you can see light through spaces between the door and the frame, they’re leaking and probably wasting energy and money, as well. Seal them with caulk or weather-stripping to fill in the leak.

Next, walk through your home to look 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 around your home, take a look at the Department of Energy’s tips for sealing leaks.

Outside your house

  • Inspect exterior corners, making sure the edges match up perfectly and there are no gaps
  • Check 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

An at-home 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 let you know how to fix them for greater energy efficiency. Contact Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts in Kitchener for a professional energy assessment at 519-804-1617.

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