Quick Fix Tip: Air Leaks

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You can save over 20% on your heating and cooling bills by sealing air leaks in your home!

Inspect door and window frames, is the caulking and weather stripping in good condition? Is daylight visible through the weatherstripping or is dust visibly collecting on windowsills? These are sure signs of a leak.

Some leaks may be too small to detect with the daylight test. It may be necessary toight an incense stick and slowly pass it over the edges of the window and door frames. If smoke flickers or is sucked out or blown into the room, there’s a possible leak.

So think you’ve got a leak? Now what?

Caulking and weatherstripping! These are inexpensive and quick solutions to the air leaks around the door and window frames of your home. Not sure what caulking or weather stripping to use? Follow these links here (for weatherstripping) and here (for caulking). Energy.gov has a great breakdown of which material you may need for the job.

There are more areas in your home that can be leaking air. The floor, attic, ducts, fireplace, garage, water hose spouts, points where two different building materials meet, window units, etc.

Are you unsure if you have discovered a leak? Air leaks can’t always be easily detected. An energy audit is highly recommended. The energy efficiency test performed can find leaks many homeowners can not detect. When temperatures outside reach peak hot and cold seasons, the air leaks can rack up serious costs.