Air leaks may seem like a minor issue, but they can significantly influence how much you spend on your energy bill each month and how much impact you have on the environment. The leaks will cause your air conditioner to work harder than necessary, which can reduce its lifespan. Here are a few steps you can take to check the building for any air leaks that may be present.
1. Inspect the Doors and Windows
Make it a point to inspect the doors and windows that lead to the outside. These are some of the most common areas for drafts and air leaks. Examine the caulking to determine if it’s worn down and check to see if you can rattle the features, which is an indicator that it’s not airtight.
2. Use a Flashlight
An effective way of finding drafts caused by cracks or holes in the walls of the building is to perform a test at night. You can have a family member walk along the exterior of the home with a flashlight as you walk around in the same area indoors to determine if the light shines through in any spot. This method is similar to a blower door test but uses light instead of air to allow you to discover where air may be leaking out of the house.
3. Inspect the Insulation
The insulation is responsible for preventing the outdoor temperatures from transferring into the building. It is essential to check this material each year. Depending on the age of your home, the insulation may not be up to standard. Check to see if any of the insulation is worn down or has been damaged by moisture. More insulation is needed if you can see your floor joists. All of the insulation should be evenly distributed across the attic with an even level of material in the middle of the room to the edges of the walls.
If you want to learn more about how to check your home for air leaks, contact us at Alberta Mountain Air Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer a variety of heating and air conditioning services to customers in Calgary and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today.