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3 Tips for Sealing Air Leaks around the House

Looking for ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home this summer?

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There’s nothing that can affect your summer utility bill like a lack of energy efficiency in your home. The good news is there are some easy ways to improve it that can make a big difference to your comfort level and your wallet. Here are three tips you can use in your home now:

Tip #1: Insulate

The attic and the exterior walls aren’t the only places that can use insulation to help keep the cool air in and the hot air out during the summer. Recessed lights are common places that allow heat from the attic into the rooms below while letting the cool air vent the other direction. Insulation can help prevent this air exchange.

Tip #2: Drafts from Windows and Doors

Another common place for air to escape is around windows and doors. The stripping can wear down and come loose over time allowing the cool air from inside your home to escape and allowing the summer heat in.

Tighten up around windows and doors to prevent these leaks by updating your weather stripping around your doors and putting new caulking around windows. It’s a simple and inexpensive fix that can make your air conditioner work more efficiently.

Tip #3: Flues and Chimney Leaks

Flues and chimneys are famous for leaking air in and out of your home. Adding aluminum flashing around the gaps created by framing can greatly increase your energy efficiency. Those gaps can really let in the hot air and let the cool air escape quickly, and it’s not always obvious that’s the location of the leak. Closing those gaps can make a huge difference in how cool your home feels in the summer.

There are so many easy and inexpensive ways to make your air conditioner more effective and to save money on your utility bills. For more ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home, click this link to contact the experts at H.H. Hovey Heating or call 336-768-2703.

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