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Home Air Leaks – Do You Know Where To Check?

by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Even though your home is sealed enough to protect you against the sun rays and the rain, there are still parts of your home where air would leak. You must pay attention to these sources so that you save a lot of money especially if you are cooling your home during the summer.

This includes the following areas:

• Water and furnace flues
• Dropped ceiling
• Window frames
• All of the ducts in the home
• Recessed lights
• Electrical switches as well as outlets
• Entrance to the attic
• Access to the plumbing and utility
• Door frames
• Chimney flashing
• Sill plates

The air goes in and out of your home though the crack and holes in it. More than a half of this escaping air goes in and out through the openings that you can see at the floors, ceilings, and walls. As a matter of fact, as much as 31 percent of your home’s air escapes through the parts.

About 15 percent infiltrates through the ducts. The fireplace is also accountable for 14 percent of the escaping air as well. On the other hand, 13 percent of the air leaks come from your home’s plumbing access.

How you could seal the air leaks in your home

During the summer, the warm air infiltrates your home causing you to feel hot and uncomfortable. On the other hand, the warm air that you need goes out of your home during this season. When this happens, you are wasting not only energy but your money at the same time.

There are so many ways on how you could prevent the air from leaking and most of these steps are cost-effective. This includes weather-striping the cracks, the seams, and the other openings from the outside, caulk the spaces, seal the holes, and so much more.

More often than not, sealing the holes and other parts of your home to prevent the air from escaping does not necessarily need a contractor or any professional help. There are already a lot of sealants out in the hardware stores that would help you to seal the air leaks in your home.

By doing it yourself, you can save a lot of money rather than spending it to hire the aid of a professional contractor. Sealing the air leaks would also spare you from paying thousands of dollars for your cooling and heating bill at the same time.

Updated: October 27, 2013 — 4:20 am

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