If you’ve noticed a spike in your Fayetteville, North Carolina energy bills, an air leak in your home might be to blame. Although newer homes are more likely to be built and sealed up tight, older homes weren’t built as energy-efficient. Even newer homes might have leaks that you wouldn’t expect. Leaks in your home cost you money and wear down your HVAC system more quickly, which is why it’s important to find any leaks in your home.
Walk the Perimeter
Different building materials are causes for air leaks. If you have a home addition or garage made with different materials you’re more likely to find a leak where the elements come together. If you have a mixture of siding and brick, like when you have a brick chimney along the side of your home, you’re likely to find more air leaks there as the materials wear down as well.
Check the Insulation
Your insulation’s primary purpose is to keep air from leaking in and out of the walls of your home. Although many people equate insulation with keeping the home warm in the winter, it also serves to keep your home cool in the summer by keeping cold air in and hot air out. Check your insulation and bring in an expert to add additional insulation when it gets low. Insulation is of particular importance between the wall of the garage and the home, bonus rooms, crawl spaces and attics.
Don’t Ignore Hot and Cold Spots
If you have hot or cold spots in your home or a room that is unusually warmer or colder than the rest of your home, the culprit could be an air leak. Check to make sure all the vents in that area are open first because that could cause the temperature difference as well. Sometimes rooms are also hotter when they are hit directly by the sun. If those issues aren’t to blame, check for air leaks and insulation issues for that particular room or area.
Incense is an affordable and practical way to find air leaks through your home. Make sure you shut all the doors and windows throughout the area, and turn off fans and appliances. Light incense near where you think there might be an air leak and watch the smoke. If the smoke goes straight up, there likely isn’t any leak. If the smoke seems unstable or is sucked out of the home, then you’ve spotted at least one of the holes in that room.
Check the Usual Suspects
Some spots in your home can leak air more often. Check these areas and reseal them when necessary. Recessed lighting that is popular in many kitchens, living rooms, and some bathrooms often tends to leak extra air. Wiring holes which include electric outlets, cable, and phone lines all tend to let air in and out as well. Plumbing vents and attic hatches are also familiar places that tend to leak air.
Schedule an Energy Audit
The most efficient way to find air leaks in your home is to hire an expert to perform an energy audit. During the energy audit, your contractor will do a blower door test, which depressurizes your home to find any air leaks. To maximize efficiency, make sure you seal any holes your contractor finds, and carry out any additional recommendations to make your home more energy-efficient.
One common recommendation is to seal the usual culprits as well as doors and windows. If your doors and windows are unusually drafty, your contractor might recommend upgrading them to energy-efficient or newer models. Although the initial investment seems like a lot, the more energy-efficient your home, the more energy savings you will see on your bills every month. Those investments will pay for themselves over time in energy savings.
When your HVAC system is running, you don’t want any more air escaping from your home and sneaking in through any leaks. Call in an expert to help you find out where your home might be losing energy. Contact Carolina Comfort Air at 919-879-2106 to schedule an appointment today.
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