How Do I Check My Home for Air Leaks?

February 8, 2019

Your home feels drafty but your windows and doors are closed. You block or seal another area, yet you still feel incoming air. This means you need to keep looking for holes and cracks.

The majority of air leaks in the home come from the foundation, attic and/or garage if it is attached. Another clue is spider webs in your residence. Spiders like to live and catch bugs in the open-air spaces of a home.

Your Individual Analysis

If you are sure of the air leaks in your home, deciding to hire professional help sooner than later is best. Innovative Mechanical, LLC can provide a thorough energy audit for your home. Our comprehensive inspection may begin with a blower door test, depressurizing your home and making leak locations more obvious.

A professional analysis will also identify where more insulation is needed. Any air leak in your home that loses heat or loses cooled air raises your electric bill and results in lost money. You may even see daylight shining through places where air leaks are penetrating.

What Can You Do Now?

You can implement a few things before you call us. Make sure doors and windows close tightly. Inspect your storm windows to confirm they are securely installed. Remove interior door casing, and add a foam sealant between the frame of the house and frame of the door. Add weather stripping around your door frame. Surround the windows with caulk.

Review your ductwork maintenance. Ductwork is an arrangement of metal pipes or ducts that spread the residential ventilation, cooling or heating air flow. Properly installed ductwork controls the temperature in your home.

Going Forward

At some point, you may contemplate substituting aging windows and doors with newer, high-performance upgrades. You can also cover the windows with inexpensive plastic sheets. Finally, on the exterior of your home, look for gaps in areas where a couple of dissimilar building materials touch, such as plumbing vents, fans, window frames, sidings touching chimneys, wiring holes for electrical outlets, outlets for televisions, recessed lights and air conditioners.

If you need our services, and you’re in the Marietta area, call Innovative Mechanical, LLC today.