Do you look at your utility bill each month and scratch your head over how much energy you’re using? One problem you’re most likely facing is air leaks, which can be quite costly. If you’re ready to whip your home into shape and start saving money by sealing those leaks, we’re here to help.
Hunting down the air leaks
Some air leakage isn’t hard to identify once you know what to look for. If you feel a draft, for example, there’s a good chance you have an air leak. Windows and door frames are the first places you can easily check. You’ll also want to check your basement and attic, where air leaks are common. And don’t forget to examine your ductwork, where loose connections and leaks in damaged sections can waste up to 20 percent of your home’s energy. All of these trouble spots take effort to locate, and you may need to call an HVAC expert to make sure you don’t miss any.
Sealing ’em up
Once you’ve located the air leaks, you’ll need to seal them. How you do this often depends on the size of the leak. For example, if the leak is small, you can simply apply caulk to fill in the gap. If you’re dealing with a gap or crack that is somewhat bigger, spray foam is usually the best choice. For a substantial gap in a spot where movement takes place, such as a door frame, you’ll probably want to go with weatherstripping. If you take your time and seal every leak that you can find, especially the larger ones, you should see a nice reduction in your overall energy costs.
If you would like further assistance with air leaks or if you have any questions about your home-comfort systems, contact your Rheem Pro Partner experts. We have been serving the HVAC needs of Denver, Aurora, Castle Rock and their surrounding areas since 1992.
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