How Detecting Air Leaks In Your Home Can Save You Money

caulk windowEven in the Los Angeles area’s mild climate, your air conditioner and heating system work hard to keep you comfortable. Spending a little time detecting air leaks that waste your conditioned air lightens the load on your system and lower your bills.

How Air Leaks Cost You

The majority of homes that haven’t been correctly air sealed are riddled with tiny cracks and gaps around the doors, windows, pipe and wiring entry points, baseboards, and many other areas. These little cracks let out the air conditioned or heated air in your home, and let in outdoor air along with humidity and air pollutants.

While you might not notice these air leaks individually, they can add up to a lot. In the average home, leaks cause the same amount of air loss as a window left open all year. The more leaks in your home, the harder your A/C and furnace have to work to make up for the loss, using more energy and raising your heating and cooling bills.

Stopping the Waste

Detecting air leaks around your home is the first step in stopping the energy waste they cause. Once you’ve found the leaks, you can seal them with caulk or weatherstripping. With this done, you’ll keep more of your heated and cooled air inside, so your system will use less energy to keep you comfortable and you’ll save money.

You can find the biggest air leaks in your home by holding an HVAC smoke pen, or just a lit incense stick, up to the spots you think might have leaks. This method helps, but it leaves behind a lot of smaller leaks. To find these, contact an HVAC technician for an energy audit. A technician will bring in specialized equipment to identify all the points of air loss and other energy loss in your home so you can take steps to correct them.

If you could use some help detecting air leaks and blocking them, contact us at Reliance Home Services anywhere in the Los Angeles area.