When you have air leaking out of your home you're practically throwing money away. This air that has been heated or cooled using your HVAC system costs you money and when your home is full of gaps and leaks, this money is being blown out of your home's windows and doors — literally.
Losing money isn't the only problem when it comes to air leaks; these leaks also may result in poor indoor air quality inside your home. Poor indoor air quality can lead to all kinds of health issues including headaches, nausea, asthma, upper respiratory infections and trouble breathing.
Detecting Air Leaks
The first thing you'll need to do is have an expert visit your home and assess your ventilation, indoor air quality and detect where the air leaks are coming from. Once the leaks are detected you can then start the process of air sealing.
Air Sealing Your Home
Air sealing involves using different techniques to seal your home's leaks. This may include using caulk and weather stripping to seal up gaps around doors and windows. You also may be advised to increase the insulation in your home. By identifying and sealing the leaks in your home you can save money and keep your home comfortable.
The Importance of a Home Energy Audit
When you have a professional complete a home energy audit you'll get a full list of recommendations. These recommendations should indicate the improvements you can make to your home to help it become more energy efficient. When your home is properly sealed you can save between 5 percent and 30 percent on your energy costs. Having a professional team also will protect you from making updates to your home that won't actually help in any way.
If you'd like to know more about air sealing your home or to help you decide what projects recommended by an energy audit, contact the team at P.K. Wadsworth today.