No one wants to lose money due to air leaking out of their home. Spring is a time when higher temperatures are becoming normal. Even so, it’s possible that some days will feel like a heatwave considering how unstable it can be. When you want to stay cool, you shouldn’t have to be afraid of losing air conditioning comfort. Here’s a guide to dealing with air leaks.
The Problem with Air Leaks
You might not notice any leaks at first. That’s part of the problem, and you can address what you can’t find. But you can tell because your energy and utility bills will start going up between the months of April and August. It’ll take more time for your air conditioner to work, and your residential HVAC system will be overburdened trying to keep up with demand because you’ll think that if you keep pushing it up, it will deliver more air and distribute it around your house more quickly. Sadly, this is a misconception.
Finding Air Infiltration
You’ll need to call an HVAC technician, like the ones who work at Kingswell, to come to your home. Once they arrive, they can help you find the source of the air leakage. Until they get there, light a candle or a stick of incense and watch where the smoke goes. If the smoke moves sideways, then you’ve probably found where the leak is hiding.
Sealing the Leaks
Make sure you add insulation around the recessed lights attached to the side of your home. You can also find any open stud cavities and fill them in, like a tooth getting a filling. Go up onto your roof and inspect your chimney. There might be cracks and air leaks there that you’ve never noticed before. Plug these gaps and see if they make a difference. Lastly, take the time to add or replace the weather stripping you use on your windows and doors. Although this only seems like a small change, it can prove to be what is letting all of your air escape before you can enjoy it.
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