Air leaks can be a serious nuisance. For one thing, air and energy leaks can cause indoor air to escape, which can be incredibly wasteful in the summer and winter when you are relying on your HVAC system to regulate the climate in your home. However, you may also have energy leaks in other areas of your home, like your ductwork, which travels throughout your home and is an essential part of the heating and cooling process. Sometimes, though, ductwork can rupture, rip and tear, thus causing an excess amount of energy to escape. Here is how to easily seal air leaks in and around your home.
One of the most common places for air leaks is in your window frames and casements. Window casements aren’t usually attached to the house, per se, they are jointed using glue and caulking. The same goes for the area between the window and the frame. Over time, the connection materials, glue and caulking can start to come undone, which creates air leaks. One of the easiest ways to seal these leaks is with caulking – you can pick up a caulking gun and glue from a your local hardware store. Applying it is easy and the cleanup is only moderate.
Next, you may also be experiencing energy leaks around your attic. Our attics can be a big source of leakage, because they often aren’t insulated properly – some attics aren’t insulated at all. The only problem with this is if you run your heater in the wintertime, all that hot air will rise and simply escape through your roof. Not only can this be incredibly wasteful, but it can also cause snow and ice to melt. All that melted snow and ice can wind up leaking into your home, which can cause a whole other set of problems. In order to create a barrier for this type of leak, all you have to do is install a few panels of insulation on your attic walls.
Another common leak is an air duct leak. Sure, there are many benefits of duct cleaning, but it won’t help unless you do something about the leaks. You can usually tell if there is a leak or not by feeling the air in a certain room – if it is either too hot or too cold, you may have a leak. You can simply pop off the vent gate and look inside – you may be able to see the tear with your naked eye. With a little epoxy resin and plumber’s tape, you can securely block the leak. In most cases, you won’t have too many duct leaks, but you want to seal them whenever they arise.
Lastly, air sealing is not only important for the sake of saving money on your energy bill or reducing your carbon footprint, it is also important for the sake of staying comfortable in the warm summer months and cool winter months – if you have major air leaks, you will be presented with a number of issues when you blast your HVAC system. This is why it is important to stay diligent about detecting air leaks sealing them.