Seal Air Leaks to Keep the Conditioned Air You’re Paying For Inside Your Fort Collins Home
It can cost big bucks to keep a Fort Collins home cool in the summer. And because of that you might be hesitant to turn down the thermostat if you’re not as comfortable as you’d like to be. But did you ever stop to think that the air conditioner might not be the problem? Air leaks throughout your home could be causing your air conditioner to work much harder than it should be and keeping you warmer than you want to be. Seal those leaks, and you might be surprised at how reasonable your electricity bills look and how comfortable you feel in your Fort Collins home. Here are four ways you can find those irksome leaks:
- Visual Assessment: You can easily spot some trouble areas. Over time, as the temperature rises and falls your home, the doors, windows, outlets, light fixtures, baseboards and crown moldings expand and contract. This often leads to warping, which can cause cracks and leaks.
- Hand Test: Air leaks can develop at any point where a wire, cable or line enters your home. Likewise, windows and doors are notorious for air leaks. Place your hands around these places. If there’s a big variation in temperature, you have a leak.
- Candle Check: Hold a lit candle near your windows and doors. If the light dances slightly, you have a leak. (Before you try the candle check, turn off your air conditioner. If it’s on, it can make your candle dance whether there’s a leak or not.)
- Professional Inspection: Many people think that a home can be too tight. Without a doubt, your home needs fresh air. But most homes, especially older ones, won’t ever be too tight. Just the same, have a professional check your home’s ventilation to determine your air quality.
Do you have questions about air leaks, how to seal them and your home’s air quality? Contact Balance Point for all of your heating, cooling and air-sealing needs. We serve homeowners throughout the Fort Collins area.