Last week, we shared our first of many Winter Energy Efficiency Tips: programmable thermostats give homeowners a quick, inexpensive way to improve the energy efficiency of their home, while saving a few dollars in the process. This week, we are going to explore the effects drafts play on your home.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts let heat escape in the winter, wasting 5% to 30% of your energy use. So what are you waiting for? It is time to Find and Seal Leaks around windows and doors, gaps around chimneys and recessed lights, and more.
Finding Air Leaks
- Thermal Detector: You can purchase a thermal detector, which is made specifically for finding air leaks.
- Flashlight: Of course, if you are not lucky enough to have a thermal detector, you can shine a light at potential problem areas while a partner stands outside. If they can see light, you have a draft.
- Candle: Light may not shine through smaller leaks. To detect these, try holding a lit candle up to and around windows. If the flame begins to flicker or seems to bend, you may have an air leak.
Sealing Air Leaks
Caulk and weather stripping are two of the most common ways to reduce drafts from windows, doors, and other problem areas.
If you have any questions about Winter Energy Efficiency Tips: Find and Seal Leaks, please contact Fresh Air Concepts by calling 1-800-708-4FAC or click here today! Fresh Air Concepts has won the prestigious Carrier Corp. President’s Award winner for the 7th consecutive year, becoming one of only four Factory Authorized Dealers nationwide to receive this award seven years in a row.