When winter arrives in our region, it pays to have an efficient HVAC system. But for your system to give you the maximum in energy efficiency it was designed to produce, your home should also be efficient. You can do that in a number of ways, but one of the best is by eliminating cold air leaks.
All around your home, there are likely places where cold air is muscling in and your heated air is migrating out. So not only are you paying more on utility bills, but you’re also making your HVAC system work harder to heat your home. That means more wear and tear on parts and more repairs.
Here’s how you can improve your home’s efficiency by eliminating cold air leaks.
Locating Cold Air Leaks
You can always hire an energy auditor to do a professional job of locating places in your home where your energy is being wasted, or you can do a home test with a lit incense stick. Walk around the home, holding the stick near window and door frames, by electric plugs, around baseboards, near the attic hatch and under recessed lighting. If the smoke wavers, you have an air leak.
Fixing Air Leaks
Hire a professional to:
- Apply caulk around window and door frames, and around baseboards.
- Apply weatherstripping between double doors and window panes.
- Affix a door sweeper to the bottom of exterior doors where there is a gap.
- Install fire-rated, insulated boxes around the recessed lighting canisters in the attic.
- Apply weatherstripping around the edges of the attic hatch; affix a layer of insulation on the attic door itself.
- Plug any holes for wiring, cables or pipes in exterior walls with insulation.
- Install foam gaskets in electric plugs.
To check and repair your ductwork for cold air leaks, hire a professional.
To learn more about cold air leaks, or to schedule maintenance, repairs or installations, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing of Indianapolis.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).