Learn how to check for air leaks to help improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Do you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home before summer officially arrives? When it gets hot outside, your air conditioner works to keep your home comfortable. However, if you have air leaks hiding around your house, you may find the AC never gets a break. It may run nonstop just to maintain a moderate temperature. Leaks are often to blame. Here are some of the most common locations to look to make sure you don’t have any air leaks in your home.
Leaks Hiding in the Ductwork
Leaky ducts will prevent you from enjoying a cool home this summer. If certain rooms in your home are always stuffy or warm, it’s time to inspect the ducts. Leaks often form because of broken seals around the connections. These leaks will cause the cold air to spill out into the walls, floorboards, or even the outdoor environment. Having your HVAC system inspected each year is the best way to catch leaky ducts before they become a problem.
Pay a Visit to the Attic
The attic is the hottest room in the house during the summer. Warm air rises, so it’s only logical for the attic to be uncomfortable this time of year. But, if you have a leak hiding somewhere, cold air from the AC may keep this room cooler than necessary. Be sure to check the insulation in your attic to ensure you don’t have any leaks lurking in the darkness.
Inspect Around the Doors and Windows
Did you know that almost 30% of your cold air escapes through leaks? To prevent this from happening, you need to make sure that the weather stripping around your doors and windows is in good condition. Upgrading to higher quality windows, such as double pane, will also prevent unwanted air leaks.
For over 20 years, the team at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling has provided homeowners with the highest quality HVAC service in town. If you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency, we can repair any hidden air leaks before summer begins. Connect with us online now to schedule service.