Does your home feel drafty? Are your heating bills higher than average or higher than your neighbors? Does it seem impossible to comfortably heat or you’re your home?
According to the EPA, up to 20% of air used to heat or cool a home is lost through leaks and holes. This wastes energy and drastically increases your heating bills an unnecessary amount. So what should you do about it? It’s simple. First, locate the leaks. Second, seal!
Step 1: Locate
The first recommended step is to have an energy auditor locate leaks by inspecting your home. Home energy audits will tell you exactly where your problem spots are and how to fix them. An energy auditor has special technology to find leaks in hard-to-see places and will offer you expert advice on how to fix leaks.
To quickly locate leaks on your own, first look in the most common places for leaks:
Around windows and doors
Around ceiling, walls, floor, and foundation
Fireplace and chimney
Fans, vents and ducts
Electrical outlets and wiring holes
Recessed lighting and open soffits
View our infographic How Much Air Is Lost From Where? to see just how much air you might be losing in certain areas of your home.
Step 2: Seal
Have the appropriate contractor seal the problem areas. Is it your windows that are leaking? Search PCNpro.com for trusted window companies. Is it an HVAC problem? Find a local HVAC expert to help you out. PCN’s directory features contractors of all industries in your area. Just don’t have enough insulation? Get the best quotes on insulation projects by searching PCNpro.com. Don’t hesitate to get the help your home needs today! Properly sealing leaks and insulating your home today provides wonders of benefits:
You can locate and seal holes and leaks on your own, but the EPA recommends you use a contractor’s help, especially in the following situations:
To find an insulation, HVAC or mold prevention contractors in your area, search PCN today.