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 make sure your HVAC systems aren’t working harder than they have to, 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 common leaks are from drafts coming through your windows or doors. These air leaks are generally easy to find, but air leakage can also come from less obvious spaces in your home. Take advantage of the suggestions below to conduct your own energy assessment.

Inside your home

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

Outside your house

  • Check exterior corners, making sure the two sides match up exactly and there are no gaps
  • Look for cracks or holes around outdoor water faucets
  • Make sure siding is properly aligned next to 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 even more energy savings, call in a professional. Experts can conduct a comprehensive energy assessment, which includes 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 Church Services in Houston for a professional energy assessment at 713-396-3760.

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