Find & Fix Air Leaks Before Hotter Temperatures Arrive
Air Leaks: Your home’s HVAC system uses about 50% of the actual energy consumed by your house, according to the Department of Energy. It’s one of the largest expenses for most homeowners. Finding ways to keep your energy consumption down will provide money saving benefits.
Air leaks are a huge problem in many homes, especially older home. Warm air leaks into your home during the summer and cold air in the winter. Not only will this put more strain on your HVAC system, but it will also cost you more money now and in the long run.
According to Energy.gov, about 25% of your home’s air is lost through holes and small cracks. With proper insulation and sealing, you can keep your total energy usage down.
Insulation and Sealing Benefits
Taking the time to seal cracks and holes will help you save money on energy bills. Without the right insulation, the cold air will escape in the summer. This means your HVAC system will need to run longer to maintain the comfortable temperature in your home.
Sealing up the cracks and holes will keep the cool air in. Your HVAC unit won’t have to run as often, which means you use less energy. In addition, the summer season won’t be so hard on your AC unit.
How Air Escapes
The most common areas air escapes from in your home are the floors, walls and ceilings. About 31% of air leaks are found in these three areas of the home. Another 15% are found in the ducts and 14% in the fireplace.
Air also escapes through doors, windows, fans, vents and electrical outlets. It’s important to check all of these areas of your home for air leaks before the summer months arrive.
Detecting Air Leaks
The best way to find out if your home has any air leaks is to hire a professional HVAC technician. An HVAC tech will perform a home evaluation and show you any air leaks costing you energy and money. They will also be able to make recommendations for repairs, sealing and insulation.
Now is the time to handle any air leaks in your home. When summer rolls around, your HVAC system will have to work hard to keep your home cool. By sealing and insulating now, you will save money on energy bills and keep your HVAC system from working overtime.
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