AC & Heater Repair in San Antonio

Detecting and Sealing Air Leaks

Cooling your home during the summer months accounts for almost half of your home’s energy bill. It would be a shame to see all that hard earned money fly away due to air leaks. People often associate insulation and air sealing with the colder months, but they are just as important in the heat of summer. Check out these tips for detecting and sealing the leaks that exist in your home.

Testing
Some air leaks are easy to find, but some require professional testing to locate. If you are doing a self-assessment, you might want to start your search in the following areas:

  • Electrical outlets
  • Switch plates
  • Door and window frames
  • Electrical and gas service entrances
  • Baseboards
  • Weather stripping around doors
  • Fireplace dampers
  • Attic hatches
  • Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners.
  • Cable TV and phone lines
  • Where dryer vents pass through walls
  • Vents and fans.

Caulk and Weatherstrip
For those more noticeable air leaks, you can go ahead and seal them up yourself. The local hardware store should carry weatherstripping and caulk for your windows and doors. Sealing these areas can help reduce your energy consumption by as much as 30%!

Foam Sealant
Caulking is appropriate when leaks around doors and windows are small enough. When these gaps are too large, foam sealing is a better choice. The sealant can be applied at any time and will harden to ensure a tight, quality air stopper that will last.

Insulation
When your home is properly insulated, it will help sustain the hard work of your heater in the winter and your air conditioner in the summer. You want to keep the warm air out and hold all that cold air in, and that starts with proper insulation.

To learn more about the services and insulation packages we offer, give us a call at (210) 361-7002 or visit our website.

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