How To Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency With Air Leak & Duct Sealing
Today’s homes are better insulated than they have been in the past. Not only is the insulation material itself better than ever before, but building codes require a higher insulation factor now. If you live in a home that was previously owned, there’s a good chance that it isn’t as energy efficient as it could or should be.
Before 1980, homes were often under insulated. However, any home can have leaks due to improper construction or repairs. There’s always a chance you could save a lot of money on the energy bills just by ensuring the ducts are sealed, the HVAC system is properly sealed, and the attic has been insulated properly.
Air drafts not only make your home uncomfortable, they make your HVAC system work harder. This increased the energy used to heat and cool the home. Costs can really add up, so you probably don’t want to see your hard-earned dollars spent unnecessarily.
Proper air leak and duct sealing can improve the energy efficiency of your Cleveland home. The prime areas where air leaks occur are:
- Furnace Flues
- Plumbing Roof Vents
- Around attic & roof edges
- Outlets & Switches
Inspecting For Air Leaks
Asking for an inspection from a local Cleveland HVAC contractor is the best way to spot air leaks in your home. A thorough, professional inspection will uncover where your hard-earned dollars are being wasted.
The results will tell you where your home needs insulation, sealing, and duct sealing. It’s important to find out if your HVAC system is causing the problem because this is very hard to detect. You don’t want to go for years thinking you solved the problem when the major cause of your high energy bills was never detected.
Signs You Need Air Leak or Duct Sealing Service
The first sign is a higher energy bill, but that’s not always easy to determine if it’s always been high. And, you may not realize that it is higher than it should be in the first place.
Here are some obvious signs you need to call for a professional inspection:
- Exterior walls are cold on the inside
- Certain areas of the home are colder or hotter
- Cold spots near windows or drafts around the door
- Drafts near floor boards
- Cold spots where exterior walls meet the attic or near corners
- Ice dams on the roof
- Rodent infestations
- Furnace that constantly cycles during winter
Testing Your HVAC System For Leaks
One prime suspect is your HVAC system. Your home can be tightly sealed but still leaking due to the heating and air conditioning installation. The equipment is supposed to be a closed system, which means there shouldn’t be air leaking into your attic, crawl spaces, or walls of your home.
Have your local HVAC technician test your system for air leaks. At Design Air Heating & Cooling, we provide inspections as well as air leak and duct sealing services. Give us a call if you are concerned about energy efficiency in your home.