Summer is almost over, and before we know it, winter will be here. Before the cold weather settles in, now is the best time to prepare your home. By sealing air leaks around your home, you will ensure that you are not wasting money trying a heat a drafty home. Leaks in doors, window sills, and walls are ways in which cold winter air can intrude in your home, robbing you of costly heating money and creating unnecessary stress on your Etobicoke HVAC system, Learn how to discover these small leaks so you can ensure that your home stays cozy and energy efficient all winter long and will cut down on potential furnace repairs in Etobicoke.
Make A Visual Inspection
During your inspection, you will be looking for:
● Window sill leaks — sun and temperature fluctuations can erode weather stripping around window sills and cause it to crack and break
● Door jamb leaks — foundation movement or weather stripping or door sweep damage can result in holes, cracks, or missing areas
● Exterior damage to the home — damage to siding, vents, exhausts, missing shingles, or cracks can lead to air leaks
Start by inspecting your home, both inside and outside, Look for areas that may require new caulk, or where you may detect a gap between windows and frames. Look for damaged glazing on single pane windows. Inspect each door’s threshold, looking for gaps of light. Inspect and replace the weather stripping around windows and doors as needed.
Another way to detect air leaks is with an infrared thermometer. It will measure the ambient air around windows and doors showing where there are vulnerable areas.
The Smoke Test
Another less technical way of detecting leaks is with good, old-fashioned smoke. Conducting a smoke test is an easy way to see where outside air is intruding. Close all windows and doors and turn off all combustible appliances. Turn on kitchen and bathroom exhaust vents. Then hold up an incense stick around the edges of doors and windows, looking for a change in the smoke from the incense. Any change in the smoke from the incense can indicate a place where there is a leak.
The Blower Door Test
This is conducted by a professional energy auditor. Similar to the smoke test, the blower door test will detect leaks and assess your home’s air tightness. The blower door test uses a special fan attached to the door frame of the home. It pulls air out of the home which will result in a decrease in air pressure. When the fan is disengaged, outside air will find cracks or leaks to re-balance the pressure.
After any leaks are discovered, you can then seal and repair the areas that require damage control. This will result in a more comfortable and energy efficient home this winter. If you are looking for other suggestions to keep your home more comfortable this winter, contact the Etobicoke HVAC and furnace repair experts at Mr. Air Heating And Cooling. We are the experts to trust for all your heating and cooling needs in the GTA.