Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks Published on March 26, 2015 Easy Ways to Detect Air Leaks Doing as much as possible to keep your home’s energy efficiency levels high is an easy decision. When you make sure your HVAC systems aren’t working harder than they should be, you’re not just saving energy, you’re saving money. One of the ways your home could be losing significant efficiency is through air leaks around your home. The most frequent leaks are from drafts coming through your windows or doors. These air leaks are fairly easy to spot, but air leakage can also originate in less obvious spaces in your home. Review the suggestions below to do your own energy assessment. Inside your home First, you’ll want to inspect your windows and doors. If they shake easily or you can see light through spaces between the door and the frame, they’re leaking and likely wasting energy and money, as well. Seal them with caulk or weather-stripping to eliminate the leak. Next, walk through your home to look for cracks and gaps in the following areas: Electrical outlets and light switches Electrical and gas service entrances Baseboards Attic doors or hatches Fireplaces Wall and window air conditioning units Cable and phone lines Vents and fans If you find air leaks throughout your home, check out the Department of Energy’s tips for sealing leaks. Outside your house Inspect exterior corners, making sure the two sides match up exactly and there are no gaps Look for cracks or holes around outdoor water faucets Make sure siding is aligned accurately with windows and chimneys Search for gaps where siding or bricks meet your foundation Conducting your own energy assessment can be effective for a number of air leaks in your home, but for additional energy savings, bring in a professional. Experts can do a comprehensive energy assessment, complete with a blower door test that can help detect major sources of energy loss in your home, and share information on how best to fix them for greater energy efficiency. Contact Hammond Plumbing & Heating in Kitchener for a professional energy assessment at 519-894-3222.