Checking Your Home for Air Leaks
Having air leaks in your home can result in a loss of heat in the winter and a loss of cool air in the summer. The average house has enough air leaks to impact heating and cooling, so don’t assume that your home is airtight. You may want to go through the process of checking for leaks. It could lead to a significant reduction in energy costs.
Start on the Outside
Start by checking all the different places in your house where building materials of different types meet. This means looking at intersections where materials like cement, bricks, stone, wooden boards, and other surfaces join together. Different materials meeting can create porous spaces through which air can pass.
Continue on the Inside
Checking for air leaks on the inside of your home means looking closely at window and door frames. You also need to inspect electrical outlets, television cables, phone lines, appliance vents, fans, mounted air conditioners, and anything else that may link the interior of the building to the outside space.
In conjunction with heating and cooling maintenance, Cooper Heating & Cooling can help you determine how much air leaks are costing you and provide a solution. Now that we’ve listed the potential spots where air leaks may be found, let’s look at how to check for them.
Using a Flashlight
After you’ve found gaps, have someone shine a flashlight through them from indoors when it’s dark out. Stand outside the area and look for light coming through. This will pinpoint the exact location of the air leak.
Checking Windows and Doors for Air Leaks
Take a sheet of A4 paper and shut a door or a window on it. Then, try pulling it out. If you can do so easily, then you’ve got an air leak that you should fix.
If you need a professional to help you find and resolve air leaks in your home, contact us. We also offer a full range of additional heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, and air quality services. Cooper Heating & Cooling has locations in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins, so give us a call today.
Luke Cooper is the General Manager of the Cooper Green team and son of Gary Cooper, owner and CEO of Cooper HVAC. After years in the field, Luke took his talents to management and has helped thousands of Colorado homeowners during hot summers and frigid winters. His decade of experience in the field and guiding the company makes him one of the most knowledgeable individuals in Colorado on HVAC, plumbing, electrical and other home services.