Air leaks may be the culprits of your high energy bills each month. When regulated air escapes your home’s doors or basement, your HVAC system works overtime to keep you comfortable. To reclaim your chilled air, have these three areas checked during your next HVAC inspection.
3 Common Sources of Air Leaks Within the Home
1. Doors & Window Frames
Since doors and windows create openings in the home, checking your door and window frames during an HVAC inspection will often uncover an air leak. It’s vital to inspect the caulk around the frames to ensure it’s sealed tightly to the wall. If you can rattle your windows or doors, look for spaces air escapes through.
Around windows, more caulk is a terrific solution, and opt for weatherstripping around doors. Weatherstripping fits in a groove in the door casing. HVAC inspection professionals will cut a piece to the proper length and insert it in the groove.
Air loss can be particularly problematic in an unfinished basement, where there are cracks and gaps between the house framing and foundation. There may also be multiple cavities along the length of your basement wall, which cause ample opportunity for leakage. One of the most effective solutions is to seal holes with silicone or acrylic latex caulk. Expanding spray foam works well too.
3. Ceilings & Attics
It is common for your ceiling to leak air into unfinished attic space. Typically, this happens around pipes, lighting fixtures, and other openings. During an HVAC inspection, a professional will pull back your insulation to find the cut-outs where the electrical fixtures’ connections are. It is often through these openings that you’ll have an air leak. Specialists will seal these gaps with caulk or polyurethane foam.
If you experience air leakage and need an HVAC inspection, look no further than Rapids Sheet Metal Heating & Cooling in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Since 1915, this dependable heating and air conditioning contractor has helped families live more comfortably. They offer comprehensive HVAC services and 24/7 emergency repairs. To schedule a free estimate, give them a call at (715) 301-0256 or visit them online for more information.