Does your electricity bill keep going up, but your home is never comfortable? If your home has hidden leaks, then your AC may be sneaking outside. Not only is this terrible for the environment, it’s bad for your wallet. If you suspect that air is finding its way out of your home, follow these tips for finding and sealing the leaks.
Locating the Culprit
While the best way of finding an air leak is by having a professional HVAC technician look over your home, you can often find and seal small leaks yourself. Commonly, air slips out through door frames, window frames, and outlets. If you have recess lighting or built in cabinets, it could be leaking out there as well.
In some cases, you may be able to feel these leaks by just putting your hands next to them. Many people are often aware of drafts that come from their doors and windows, even if they don’t go looking for leaks. However, if you’re on a leak seeking mission, the first thing you will need is a lit incense stick. Walk around your home with the smoking incense stick, holding it near suspected leaks. If the smoke blows sideways, then you’ve found your leak.
Leaks less than ¼ an inch thick, you can easily seal them using caulk. It is a cheap and effective way to seal leaks around door and window frames. Silicone caulk is best for those living in Florida as it is designed to withstand extreme temperatures. You can go with an acrylic latex caulk, however it is a little messier to work with and won’t give you that nice finished look.
When to Call a Professional
Often times, the most air escapes in places like the attic or air ducts. These places can be dangerous to work in and get to. Additionally, if you do not know what you’re doing, you could end up seriously damaging your home. To locate and seal larger leaks, always contact an HVAC professional.
The best way to catch and fix leaks is by having regular, preventative HVAC maintenance. During your AC checkup, your HVAC technician will do a full system inspection that includes looking for air leaks. Call Engineered Air to schedule your AC maintenance today!