If you knew that change was slipping out of your wallet every time you used it, you wouldn’t just let it happen. And if you knew some of the conditioned air in your home was escaping and making your energy bills go up, you would stop it. The idea is the same: if we can keep from wasting money, we will. That’s why it’s important to seal air leaks in your home.
What are air leaks?
Houses are meant to be as airtight as possible, to keep the inside in and the outside out, but that simply isn’t always the case, especially for homes that have been around for a while. Air leaks are small leaks that can form at pretty much any material seam in your home and allow cool air out of your house. Even the smallest leak could cost you big because air molecules want to be the same temperature as the other air around them. This means that warm air will rush into your home and cool air will be pulled out.
Common Air Leak Locations
Technically, air leaks can happen almost anywhere in your house, but there are a few places where they’re more common:
- Windows and doors
- Electrical fixtures (lights, outlets, etc.)
- In and around the fireplace
- Ducts and Vents
- Wall material seams (especially corners)
- Attic access
- Plumbing fixtures
- Garage walls
How to Detect Air Leaks
With so many places for air leaks to hide, homeowners often ask, “How can I tell if my house has air leaks?” If you’ve noticed a steady increase in energy bills or simply want to make sure your home is sealed, you can conduct a visual inspection to find leaks. On the exterior of your home, look for cracks at corners, where the foundation meets the siding, at exterior faucets and around the chimney. Inside your home, check for cracks in the caulking around pretty much any seam. This includes vents, outlets, light fixtures and even the seam between your walls and the floor.
One of the biggest hot spots for air leaks is windows and doors. Inspect them for cracks both inside and outside of the frame, and check that the weather-stripping is intact.
Air Sealing Services
A visual inspection can help you find major leaks around your home, but it’s not completely effective. When you choose air sealing services from Big Mountain Heating & Air Conditioning, a professional will find and seal all of the air leaks for you. From caulking cracks to replacing weatherstripping, our technicians will seal all of the detectable cracks in your home, improving its energy efficiency and saving you money.
Contact Big Mountain Air today, and let us show you what quality air sealing looks like. Call us or fill out a service form online to begin your service request.