Warm weather is just around the corner, you can almost hear the humming of the air conditioning units running throughout the neighborhood. If you are like most homeowners, your home in the summer is the one place where you can beat the heat- except for the places in your house that you just can’t quite keep the warm weather out.
Fighting Drafts in your home can be an ongoing battle but money you will save by making your home more energy efficient will be worth the fight. Repairing the draft is pretty straight forward you can replace your insulation, seal cracks, or add some weather stripping but the hard part is actually finding the drafts in the first place. Tower Equipment is here with four tips on how you can hunt down exactly where these pesky drafts are coming from.
Step #1: Check the obvious draft locations- windows and doors. If you can feel it, you have found the source of the draft. If it’s a warm day and your air conditioning is on or vice versa, you can effectively test for drafts just by moving your hand along the edges of each door and window seal. While doing this also take note of areas of your home that feel warm as you walk through. Of course, there is always conditions depending on the design of your home. For example, if you have a mail slot or a pet door you will always have a significant air leak – if you want something more energy efficient you may want to seal these areas for good.
Step #2: Try to catch the breeze. Some drafts are hard to spot the exact place they originate from, this is when you should try to catch the breeze. The simplest way to do this is to light a candle and walk slowly through your home. If you notice the flame flickering, you know there’s air movement in that location and you can trace it back to the source. If this technique isn’t working try using a draft detector it emits a thin, steady stream of odorless smoke that reacts more visibly when it comes into contact with moving air.
Step #4: Contact an HVAC specialist to conduct a household energy audit with thermographic imaging. To employ this technology, technicians use handheld devices with screens that display heat patterns in all areas of your home. Cold spots stand out without the need for any significant air movement.Thermographic imaging is an ideal solution for finding drafts in your vents, electrical outlets, recessed lighting and other wall openings that aren’t directly connected to the outdoors. At the end of your session, you will know exactly where your home is letting your energy efficient capabilities down.