Easy Tips for Stopping Air Leaks
Air conditioners tend to run year-round here in southern Florida. If your home isn’t properly sealed, then you could be losing cooled air and a lot of money. That’s why stopping air leaks is so important! Below, we’ve outlined simple tips for getting rid of energy-wasting cracks and openings to the outside:
Test for and identify leaks. On the next windy day, hold a smoke pen next to windows, doors, and other spots where you suspect there may be an air leak. Take note of how the smoke travels — if it drifts horizontally, you’ve found a leak.
Weatherstrip leaky windows and doors. Doing so will tighten them up significantly. If you don’t want to spend too much but still want something long-lasting, Houselogic suggests investing in adhesive-backed EPDM rubber, which goes for $8 for 10 feet.
Caulk cracks and gaps. Openings 1/4-inch wide and less can be filled with caulk. Look for silicone tubes if you want a durable, clean and easy fix. You can also caulk over weatherstripping for extra protection.
Focus on attics, basements and crawl spaces. In these areas of the house, seal up large holes first for the most substantial energy savings.
If you need help identifying and stopping air leaks, don’t hesitate to call the professionals of Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric. With a large service department, we are able to handle your home comfort demands and emergency situations in the same day!
Jupiter: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822
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