Before the summer or winter seasons arrive, it's highly suggested that you check for air leaks in your home. This way, you know what areas need to be sealed. Checking for air leaks is fairly simple. Here are four tips to help you check for them in your home:
- Use Incense: Using incense is a great way to check for air leaks in your home. Simply follow where the smoke from the incense is leading out. If there is an air leak, the smoke will likely very quickly move to the window or door where the air leak is located. The benefit of this is that incense is fairly cheap to purchase if you don't have any already and it can even make your home smell good. To be sure that you are doing this efficiently, walk around the home with the incense in order to check all rooms and all areas of the room.
- Look for Spiderwebs: One interesting way to find air leaks is by checking for any spiderwebs in the home. Spiders tend to build their webs where there is air flow because there is a higher chance of bugs making their way to these areas. Once you find a spiderweb, check the window or door nearest it by moving your hand around the edges. If you feel air, then you know where you need to place the caulk.
- Add New Weatherstripping: If the weatherstripping underneath doors are worn, then you need to have them replaced. Most likely, worn weatherstripping is causing problems with air leaks. Weatherstripping is one of the most effective ways to ensure that air leaks are not significant in the home.
- Hire a Professional: When you hire an HVAC contractor, you can be sure that they will provide a thorough inspection of the home to check for air leaks. With their experience, they will know whether or not certain areas are a cause of concern for the HVAC not running efficiently. Plus, they will have the proper tools to seal the air leaks in a way that is most effective. You should hire a professional for an inspection at least twice a year since, during this time, they can also inspect the HVAC system in your home for possible problems.
When you consider these four tips, you can be sure that checking and repairing air leaks in your home is made as simple as possible. Contact an air conditioner contractor for more help.