How Do I Check My Home for Air Leaks?

August 13, 2019

An airtight home is a home that maximizes comfort and energy efficiency. On the other hand, homes with air leaks are susceptible to drafts, uneven cooling, and higher energy bills. No homeowner wants leaks, but that doesn’t stop homes from naturally developing cracks over time. As one of Cheyenne’s leading heating and cooling companies, our customers often ask us if their properties have leaks. Fortunately, you can detect air leaks using a few simple methods. 1. Detect Large Leaks With Your Hand Major air leaks are the easiest to detect since you can often feel them when you’re standing nearby. To find large leaks, simply walk around your home and place your hand near the seams of doors and windows. Drafts and drastic temperature changes are signs of air leaks. 2. Detect Moderate Leaks With an Incense Stick If you couldn’t feel anything with your hand but still suspect you have an air leak, you should move on to the incense technique. To get this test started, you’ll need to turn off your home’s heating and cooling system as well as any ceiling fans you have running. To find an air leak, light the incense stick and pass it near...

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