Before the summer or winter weather hits your region, it is important to make sure your home doesn’t have any energy leaks. These energy leaks can not only cause your home to have an uneven temperature from one room to the next, but it can also start to cost your family a lot of money. When it comes down to it, you could be spending twice as much as what you should be paying on your energy bills. When it comes to the energy leaks in your home, you are also contributing to the widening of your carbon footprint. Energy leaks can waste hundreds of cubic pounds of carbon emissions. Here are five air leakage and testing tips for home owners.
- Inspect your dryer vent. When it comes down to it, there are many areas in your home where you may have no idea that there are energy leaks. One of those places may be your dryer vent. Your dryer vent usually connects from your dryer to the outside world – it vents much of the warm air. However, if your dryer vent isn’t installed properly, or is loose from its casing, you may need to readjust it and reseal it.
- Provide insulation to all of your electrical outlets. There is a good chance that much of the air in your home is escaping through all your electrical outlets. If you live in an older home, you may be able to go around and place your hand over the outlets – if you feel cold air, you have an energy leak. Who knows how many of your outlets have a leak, but it is critical to insulate them right away, especially with the winter coming around the corner. You may even want to get some outlet plugs.
- Make sure to conduct an energy leak audit around your windows and door frames. There is a strong chance that you have massive air leaks around your windows and doors. However, filling these leaks is easy and affordable. Also, taking the time to seal these leaks will be hugely beneficial – especially if you want to save money on your monthly utility bills. If you find any drafts or air leaks, simply use caulking to fill them.
- Don’t forget about the air ducts in your home. The air ducts in your home – if you have a heat pump system – could be compromised with little rips and tears. These rips and tears wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t cause an excess amount of energy to escape. If this is the case, you want to head to the area of your home where the ductwork is exposed and place your hand over the area where you suspect an energy leak. If you feel any leaks, make sure to seal them with an epoxy glue solution right away.
- Use the candle method if the hand method doesn’t work. One of the best ways to test for energy leaks is with your bare hand. However, if that method is not effective, you can use the candle method. Simply light a candle – make sure all doors and windows are closed – and then place the flame along your window and door frames. If the flame flickers, you probably have an energy leak that needs to be sealed.