There are all sorts of measures you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home, but one of the most important places to concentrate your efforts is in air sealing. In most homes, unconditioned air is transferred in from the outdoors, while conditioned air leaks out — and this causes your HVAC system to work twice as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature. In order to decrease the amount of energy lost through leaks, focus on air sealing in the following seven locations.
- Ceilings, walls and floors: The biggest culprits of energy loss are often the largest surfaces in your home. To reduce heat transfer, install high quality insulation with an R-value of 25 or higher.
- Windows and doors: Over time, the sealing around your windows and doors diminishes due to normal wear and tear. By installing top quality weatherstripping, you can dramatically reduce the amount of energy loss.
- Ducts: A leaking duct will result in uneven air distribution. Your conditioned air will end up in undesirable spaces, like your attic and basement, while outside air filters inside.
- Fireplace: When your fireplace is not in use, you can easily shut the flue. However, if the damper is inefficient or out of date, you could still be losing a lot of conditioned air. Replacing your old damper with a newer model.
- Plumbing: Few people realize how much air can be lost through the tiny gaps surrounding their plumbing. By adding some caulking around these gaps, you can seal leaks and prevent additional energy loss.
- Fans: Older fans are not only energy loss culprits — they’re also incredibly inefficient in their energy usage. Replace your home’s fans with Energy Star-rated models.
- Electrical outlets: Have you ever leaned down to plug in an appliance and felt a cool breeze coming in from around your outlet? By installing foam gaskets, you can eliminate this leak.
If you have any other questions related to air sealing, or for any other home comfort related concerns, please contact us at AirRite Air Conditioning Company today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air sealing and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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