How Do I Check My Home For Air Leaks?
Most homes today suffer from significant air leaks through poor ductwork systems and other vulnerable locations throughout the home. That means you can be paying higher energy bills for no reason and simply wasting energy. Taking the time to find air leaks, fix them and repair ductwork is well worth the investment.
Finding and Repairing Air Leaks
Some air leaks are easy to find and repair on your own. Start with your doors and windows. You can often feel drafts of air around these frames. Measure gaps and purchase the correct size weather stripping from your local hardware store to seal up obvious holes.
Then, inspect any gaps in your walls such as where cable or phone wires enter a room. You can caulk small holes, gaps and cracks to minimize air leaks in these locations. Caulking guns or other similar tools can be used.
If you notice that drafts are coming through electrical outlets, you can reduce these as well. First, turn off your power. Then, you can install inexpensive foam gaskets behind your outlet plates as well as caulk between the wall and the plate if there are gaps. This will help to seal and insulate your outlets.
Inspecting and Fixing Ductwork
At Integrity Heating & Cooling, we offer comprehensive duct work and duct sealing services to help you prevent the valuable air you’ve paid to warm or cool escape through your attic or crawlspace. Our professionals have found that more than 90 percent of all residential homes have leakage problems. Such issues can increase energy bills by 10-30 percent.
Our duct services include:
- Inspecting the duct system
- Repairing or replacing sections
- Sealing leaks and connections
- Sealing gaps near registers and grills
- Insulating the ductwork
- Evaluating the air flow
Integrity Heating & Cooling is a local, independent heating and cooling provider serving the Charlotte area. Our professionals have served customers faithfully for more than 35 years. Call today to arrange an appointment or simply learn more.Tags: Duct Work, Energy Efficiency, HVAC