Air leaks prevent your air conditioning system from operating at its most efficient. That’s why we have rounded up for you some easy ways to find air leaks in your home.
How to Find Air Leaks in Your Home
Air leaks make your home less comfortable and they may be costing you money. For example, according to Energy Star, homeowners can save an average of 15% on heating and cooling by sealing their homes and adding insulation in windows, attics, and basements.
Here are some ways to identify air leaks in your home:
- Inspect walls visually to find gaps and cracks.
- Shut all windows, turn off all appliances and hold a smoking stick of incense near the spots where you suspect there may be a leakage. If the smoke moves or it’s sucked out of the room, there’s an air leak.
- You can also close all windows and doors at night and use a flashlight so that a person outside is able to see leak points. However, this method is not effective with small cracks.
- To test your doors and windows, shut them on a dollar bill. If you can pull it out without dragging it, there’s an air leak. Also, if you can rattle a door or window, chances are that you have a leak there.
Some Common Culprits
Here’s a non-comprehensive list of some of the places where leaks are more common:
- Doors and windows
- Exterior corners
- Switch plates
- Electrical outlets
- Cable TV / phone lines
- Vents and fans
Once you have identified air leak spots, seal them to enjoy a more comfortable, energy-efficient home!
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