When you’re trying to lower your energy bills, no problem is too big or too small. Small problems, like cracks between your basement and your foundation, eventually can cost you just as much as larger problems such as an aging air conditioner. If you want to maximize your savings and comfort, check your entire home for possible air leaks.
You may only notice air leaks during the cold New York winter when you feel a “draft” of cold air, but leaks cause problems all year long. You pay for the energy needed to heat and cool your air and you deserve to keep that air inside your home.
Look for leaks in these parts of your home:
- Behind kneewalls
- Attic hatch
- Wiring holes
- Plumbing vents
- Open soffits
- Recessed lights
- Furnace flue
- Duct chaseway
- Basement rim joints
- Windows and doors
Choose the right caulk, sealant and insulation:
Fix and seal all air leaks you find, starting with the biggest:
- For finished attics – Side-walls and kneewalls often have cavities that allow outside air to enter your attic. Check the insulation for signs of leaks; this can be places where dirt or moisture are concentrating. Seal the air leak and replace the insulation with the correct new insulation.
- For unfinished attics – Check the floor and walls of the attic for leaks and install the right insulation where it’s needed.
- For basements – The top corners, where the basement cement meets the foundation, are a particular weakness. You can either finish the inside of the basement properly or use caulk to seal the gaps.
- For ducts – Your ductwork should be checked every year when your A/C is serviced. Duct problems can result from loose connections, damage or poor design, so have an expert assess the situation properly and apply the correct solution.
Even the smallest leaks are a problem, but you should start with the biggest openings, simply because they’re a higher priority. Also, it’s important that you fix any source of problems before attempting to seal over it.
If you want to make sure that all the air leaks in your home are sealed correctly, contact Cool Power, LLC. We’ve been providing expert home comfort to Long Island since 1975.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about preventing air leaks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.