Air leaks are an unfortunate yet common problem in most homes. These pesky money wasters create drafts that allows the heated or cooled air to leak out of your home, increasing energy consumption and your utility bills. Thankfully, you can put a stop to wasted money by sealing these leaks and reaping the many benefits that come with an energy-efficient home.
Once the air leaks have been sealed, you’ll notice an increase in the comfort of your rooms. When a room is less drafty, the desired temperature is easier to maintain and you won’t have to adjust the thermostat to compensate for the drafts. This will decrease your energy bills and save you money. In addition, air leaks lower your home’s indoor air quality, which leads to more frequent allergy and asthma symptoms. Sealing the air leaks will increase the quality of the indoor air you breathe and improve your overall heath.
Common locations for leaks include the areas around doors, windows, floors, ceilings, walls, baseboards, fireplaces, pipe vents, switch plates, outlets, foundation, soffits and ductwork. Replacing windows with energy-efficient models cuts down on air loss from windows. Inexpensive weatherstripping installed around doors will get rid of drafts. Installing insulation behind walls, on the attic floor and in the basement ceiling helps keep your home at the desired temperature while expanding foam seals gaps, cracks and holes in various locations. Inexpensive foam weatherstripping is available for switch plates and outlets. For damaged ductwork, use duct sealant, which is available at home improvement stores.
In certain instances, the help of a professional HVAC company will be required to ensure your home is running at maximum efficiency. They can perform an energy evaluation to find exactly where you are losing energy and what can be done to correct the problem.
For more information on air leaks, contact the experts at Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air. We are a family owned and operated HVAC company that has provided trustworthy and reliable services to the San Diego over for 10 years.