HOW TO LOCATE AIR LEAKS IN YOUR HOME

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American Power and Gas: As the seasons change and sunny summer weather becomes a far off memory, our minds inherently drift towards the warm and cozy comforts of a warm home. Fall and winter naturally bring with them lower temperatures.  This requires homeowners to turn off their air conditioners and dust off their furnaces and fireplaces.

The unfortunate yet unavoidable part of time’s turn towards the cooler months is that as temperatures drop, heating bills rise. You’ll require more energy to heat to your home beginning in September and lasting well into the new year.

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It’s unavoidable and inevitable.  There are steps you can take to reduce your home’s energy requirements and hence reduce that monthly heating bill. One way is to locate and eliminate air leaks in your home where hot air escapes and cold air enters, all in all counteracting the efforts of your trusty furnace or fireplace.

So how do you find those pesky leaks and drafts within your home? Here are a few tips and tricks to make spotting them easier.

Check Common Problem Areas:

There are certain areas in your home that are more prone to drafts and air leaks than others. Properly sealing and insulating these problem areas is one of the best ways to keep your home hot this winter.

The most common areas where hot air escapes from homes and apartments alike include windows, doors, cabinets, behind kneewalls, along attic hatches, by plumping vents, around pipes and wiring, near lights and lighting fixtures, and along the basement rims. A little extra inspection around these areas will likely uncover the majority of your leak problems.

Conduct a Home Energy Audit:

Home energy audits are easy and affordable ways to get a professional assessment of your home’s energy efficiency. These short visits by professionals allow you to get an in-depth picture of where and how your home holds or loses heat. Auditors and inspectors have a variety of tools and tactics that can help you locate nearly every leak in your home.

For even more ways to efficiently keep your home warm this winter, you can compare energy prices and energy alternatives.  Also contact local natural gas companies in Florida.

Use Your Hands:

Not all air leaks are visible, but you can feel nearly every leak and draft.  Noticing areas around doors and windows, for example, where the air is cooler by simply taking the time to feel around areas with your hands can help you spot, or rather feel, for leaks.

Conduct a Visual Inspection:

Spotting an air leak can be as easy as locating any cracks, gaps, or openings in your home. Once you have visually identified where the leaks exist, repair them with simple weather proofing and caulking.

Originally published at https://www.americanpowerandgas.com/blogs/locate-air-leaks-home/

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