When you feel a draft or an air leak around the house, you are losing more than just the heat, but you are also losing money. As heat escapes, your HVAC system will continue to work trying to replace the heat lost, making your HVAC far less efficient.
In order to fix those air leaks, you need to find them first. There are a lot of simple methods that allow you to do this on your own, and with no fancy equipment. You might end up saving over 10 percent on your energy bill.
The first thing you can do is take a lap around your house and use your hand to detect potential leaks. You should be able to detect large drafts coming from holes or gaps that are around your windows and doors. Get your hands close to the edges of doors, windows and vents, because even a tiny leak means energy lost.
Another way to help detect leaks is with a candle. With your HVAC system turned off, as to not disrupt the flame, you will bring the candle close to other possible leaky areas. Get near to light fixtures, electrical outlets, crown moldings, baseboards, and phone jacks, If the flame dances when you get close to these spots, that indicates a potential leak.
Smoke is also a good way to find leaks and doing so means depressurizing your house. It is much simpler than it sounds. You will need to turn off your furnace and shut all doors and windows. Next, turn on all the fans in your house. With a stick of incense, you can walk around the house and pass near doors, windows, vents, and those other potential areas for a leak. If that smoke from the incense blown out or is sucked out of the house, you could have a leak.
There are many likely points in your house that could have an air leak. Even if you think you’ve inspected every source, a potential leak can still be present in less suspected spots. By closing off those leaks, you will save your heat and your money. If you need help to find and fix air leaks in your house, call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.