Staying warm on a cold winter night or keeping cool in the summer is very important, as is the cost of running a heater or air conditioner. Air leaks make this challenging and tax your wallet in the process. There are simple ways to fix air leaks in your home that will save you not only frustration but some money as well. Here are three such ways to help you get started.
Check Your Home for Air Tightness
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Checking your home for air tightness should be done before and after you seal air leaks in your home. Doing it beforehand will help pinpoint the leaks and give you some idea how much work really needs to be done. Repeating the checking process afterward will let you know whether the leaks have been sealed completely. It can also help you determine whether there are any leaks you may have missed the first time around. If you’re unsure about how to seal air leaks, or if you have troubles with other HVAC issues within your home, call HVAC professionals to ensure that you get the job done right.
Check for Open Stud Cavities Behind Knee Walls
If you have an attic, chances are you don’t go up there often. If you’re checking for leaks, this is the best place to start, though leaks can be in other parts of the house as well. Check for open stud cavities behind knee walls. A stud cavity is the area between the wall studs. Knee walls are low walls usually put in around the sides of an attic to help support the rafters of the roof. Gaps in these areas, as well as in dropped ceilings and soffits and over angled ceilings above stairways, can be filled with insulation to help stop air leaks.
A cheap option for these easy fixes is to use un-faced fiberglass insulation stuffed into garbage bags or reflective foil insulation.
Caulk and Weather Strip
Caulking and weather stripping all doors, windows, and wiring holes may take some time, but it could save you a lot of money. Most leaks are in places like these that people may not pay attention to. If you can see sunlight around any exterior door that’s closed, you’re losing money. Windows may seem fine, but if they rattle, you’re losing money. Another good way to check a window is to shut a dollar bill in it. Once closed, if you can pull the bill out with no resistance, there’s a leak. Any holes from wiring, plumbing, and ducts should be filled as well.
New air leaks can pop up in your home, so be sure to check your house often. By keeping them in check, you can save money on your air conditioning and heating bills. If you move, check your new home the same way. The best way to go is from the top of the house down. Remember to wear protective gear when handling insulation and to take safety precautions when working in an attic.