Did you know your home could be leaking the equivalent of an open window’s worth of air from gaps in its building envelope?
That’s the amount of air that escapes the average American home, and it’s costing us in the short and long term by driving up energy bills and making heating repairs and breakdowns of our furnace or boiler more likely.
The question is, how do you hunt down and eliminate, or at least reduce, home air leaks? Let’s take a look.
A good place to begin your search for air leaks is in rooms that are noticeably colder than the rest of the house during the winter months. When you’ve identified those, use a flashlight at night to look for gaps in your home’s outer surfaces. Turn the lights out, then have someone stay in a room while you shine the light from the outside; if light comes through a hole or gap, you have the source of your leak. Try this with windows, doorways, at house corners and joints, and even on floorboards.
An even better way to unearth air leaks is to hire a qualified technician to conduct a comprehensive home energy audit – particularly a blower door test. This test depressurizes a home, revealing the location of many leaks. A home energy audit will also help determine areas in your home that would benefit from more insulation. In some cases, the contractor who performs your energy audit can also install on-the-spot measures such as door sweeps and weather stripping to manage the air leaks they find.
If you’re not sure where to get started with your air sealing projects in the coming weeks, here’s a checklist courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). You can find more home energy efficiency tips at their website: www.energy.gov.
It’s a good idea to check for drafts in your home periodically; it may not be as airtight as you think! Consider investing in a home energy audit, too, so you can take full advantage of the amazing energy savings from a high-efficiency heating equipment installation.
Want more saving ideas? Contact Vaughn Oil today. We install high-efficiency heating equipment in Rhode Island and can provide a FREE, no-obligation estimate on a new heating system for your home!