Getting the maximum efficiency out of your home’s air conditioning system is likely a top concern. One of the easiest ways to maximize energy efficiency is by minimizing how hard your AC needs to work. If there are air leaks in your home, your air conditioner needs to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Fortunately, locating air leaks in your home is a pretty easy project.
Finding Air Leaks
Detecting Air Leaks
The most obvious air leaks are those that occur through doors and windows. If you can see light between your door and the frame, or if your windows shake easily, they are most likely leaking. This is an easy fix; just seal them with weather stripping or caulk to stop the air leak.
Air Leaks Inside The Home
There are several other areas in your home where cracks or gaps could be present. Check around electrical outlets and light switches as well as places their cable and phone lines enter your home. There could also be gaps around electrical and gas service entrances, attic hatches and doors, fireplaces, vents, and fans.
Outdoor air leaks could also force your air conditioner to work harder. Check the exterior corners of your home to make sure the sides line up correctly without gaps. Also, look for gaps where bricks or siding meet your foundation. Make sure the siding lines up properly with chimneys and windows, and look for holes or cracks around outdoor water faucets.
Professional Leak Detection
If you’ve checked for leaks all around your home, but your air conditioner still doesn’t seem to be running efficiently, you may want to consider hiring an expert for professional leak detection. Experts are able to conduct comprehensive energy assessments using professional tools to detect major sources of air leaks in your home.
At BHS, we can help you detect and seal air leaks in your home. Our Naples air conditioner experts are highly skilled in maximizing the efficiency of air conditioning systems. In addition to lowering energy bills, improving the efficiency of your AC will keep your home cooler and ensure that your cooling system will last for as long as possible.