Air Leaks Halts Your System's Efficiency: Learn How to Seal the Leaks

Air Leaks Halts Your System’s Efficiency: Learn How to Seal the Leaks

May 15, 2014

You can end up losing a good bit of money through air leaks in and out of your home. Your heating and cooling systems subsequently have to work a lot harder to achieve the temperature levels at which you feel most comfortable.

What is Air Leakage?

Air leakage is the process of outside air entering your home and conditioned air leaving it through cracks and openings. If you haven’t properly treated your air leaks, cold and windy weather will result in too much air entering your home. During the warmer months, not enough air will enter, leaving the air inside stagnate and of poor quality.

The best thing you can do to treat air leakage in your home is to detect any leaks, assess your ventilation needs, and then use caulking and weatherstripping methods.

Caulking and weatherstripping are two cost-effective techniques used to halt air leakage in the home. Caulk is used around door frames, window frames, and other stationary objects, while weatherstripping is used for movable doors and windows.

Most homes battle with air leaks in the same places. Some common locations include:

  • Recessed Lighting
  • Attic Access
  • Whole-House Fan
  • Windows and Doors
  • Ducts
  • Fireplace Walls
  • Flue or Chimney Shaft
  • Porch Roof

For more information on HVAC systems and treating air leakage in your Orlando area home, contact Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air leaks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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