Did you know that even when all of your windows and doors are shut, air from outside can still infiltrate your home through cracks, openings and leaks? Home air leaks are extremely common, and they are some of the biggest energy-wasters in Coachella Valley homes. Today we’re going to talk all about home air leaks and what you can do to make sure your home is tightly-sealed!
Signs that you might have home air leaks
An air leak is any place in your home that allows outside air to get inside or inside air to escape outside. Whether a leak is big or small, it can be very problematic when you’re trying to control the temperatures in your home.
One of the easiest ways to tell if you have air leaks is if you can feel drafts near your exterior walls, windows and doors. If a leak is so big that you can feel air rushing through it (or if you can see right through the opening), you can bet that it’s putting your HVAC system through some extra work to keep your home well-conditioned.
Speaking of your HVAC system, perhaps the biggest sign of home air leaks is that you have high energy bills. The more leaks you have in your home, the harder and longer your HVAC system will have to work and the more energy it will consume.
Problem areas for home air leaks
Air leaks can occur almost anywhere in your home that shares a border with an exterior wall or an unconditioned space. Some of the most common sights of air leaks include:
- Doors and windows
- Wall openings for ductwork, electrical wiring and plumbing fixtures
- Attics (especially the floors and hatch)
- Recessed lights that share a wall with an unconditioned space
- Any exterior walls (especially in areas surrounding electrical outlets and other openings)
- Ceiling fans
- And more…
How to take care of home air leaks
Some people choose to seal home air leaks on their own using caulk to seal up cracks and openings and weatherstripping to seal up the moving parts of windows and doors.
However, if you want to ensure that your home is as tightly sealed as possible, contact Hyde’s! We can do a professional inspection of your home and take care of air leaks for you. After we seal your air leaks, you’ll be able to see a difference in your energy bills and home comfort almost instantly!
If you have any questions about home air leaks, or if you’d like a heating and cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hyde’s, your Coachella Valley heating and air conditioning contractor.