Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks in Your Sharonville Home

March 26, 2015

Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks

Doing the necessary work to keep your home’s energy efficiency levels high is a no brainer. When you ensure your HVAC systems aren’t working harder than they have to, you’re not just saving energy, you’re saving money. One way your home may be losing efficiency is through air leaks.

The most frequent leaks are from drafts that come through your windows or doors. These air leaks are relatively easy to find, but air leakage can also originate in less obvious spaces throughout your home. Use the suggestions below to complete your own energy assessment.

Inside your home

First, you’ll want to inspect 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 likely 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 around your home, check out the Department of Energy’s tips for sealing leaks.

Outside your house

  • Examine exterior corners, making sure the materials match up perfectly and there are no gaps
  • Look 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

An at-home energy assessment can be effective for a number of air leaks in your home, but for even more energy savings, hire a professional. Experts can complete a comprehensive energy assessment, including 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 Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Sharonville for a professional energy assessment at 859-905-0834.

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