How and Where to Detect Air Leaks in Your Home

Posted by: Anna | 01/20/2015 at 03:28 PM

How and Where to Detect Air Leaks in Your Home

Now that winter is here, do you notice that it’s a bit breezier than normal in your house? It may be time to survey your home and determine if there are air leaks you can eliminate to stay warm and cozy.

Inside: Here are a few of the common places you’ll want to check for gaps and cracks:

  • Fireplace dampers
  • Door and window frames
  • Electrical outlets
  • Baseboards
  • Cable TV and phone lines

Outside: You should check if caulking and weather stripping is applied properly around:

  • Outdoor water faucets
  • Foundation seals and mail slots
  • All exterior corners
  • Area where siding and chimneys meet

If you’re more comfortable using a professional, you can hire a qualified technician who will perform an energy assessment. An energy assessment determines where more insulation is needed both inside and outside of the home. No matter the method you use, you want to inspect for air leaks to keep your energy costs down and your house as warm as possible this winter.

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