During the spring and summer months that will be here before we know it, you want to make sure the home is comfortable without the high operating costs. Though few realize it, homeowners often run into problems from improperly sealed homes that impacts the efficiency of the HVAC system. A lot of wasted energy occurs and cooled air leaks out and warm air leaking in, and vice versa in the winter with the heating is a common issue with improperly sealed homes. To help you better prepare your home and HVAC system for the summer, we at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning have prepared some tips below to seal your home.
Techniques for How to Air Seal a House
Take the time to audit your and check your house for potential leaks and if any found, they need to be correctly sealed. Follow the guide below to ensure the air leaks are sealed around the house.
1) Though seemingly obvious, but still needs to be mentioned, be sure that the doors and windows are tightly closed.
2) Any other place where you suspect an air leak, including hatches, utility connections, plumbing fixtures, as well as the doors, and windows can be tested by holding a lit in incense stick or thin toilet paper close by. Make sure the air flow is minimized by turning off fans and the HVAC system. You have leaks of there is movement in the paper or smoke.
3) If there is any decayed weather stripping, be sure to remove it and then clean the tracks out well before installing fresh weather stripping and waterproof caulk. Keep the windows well-sealed appropriately.
4) Though air duct sealing is best done by a professional, if you decide to do it yourself, seal them with mastic sealant and avoid duct tape.
5) Be sure to install foam gaskets around any known leaks around the outlets.
6) Reduce the heat production caused by the sun by applying window film or solar screens. At the least, use light colored blinds and curtains/drapes to reflect the sun’s ray away from the house.
7) Check for signs of leaks what the fireplace flue, when the fireplace is not being used, ensure it is tightly sealed.
8) Replace the door sweep with a pliable rubber sealant if necessary. Avoid using the self-adhesive door sweep and instead install the sweep with more durability with screws.
9) Expandable foam spray is ideal for any gaps found in the structure that are larger than 1/4 inch.
10) Attic insulation is essential for your home, but it needs to be the right amount. If there is too much indoor air pollution, like toxic gases and volatile organic compounds, can’t ventilate properly and too little hampers the HVAC system efficiency.
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Once the home is completely and efficiently sealed, depending on how much was needed, you should see improvements with energy use and HVAC system performance. Additionally, be sure your cooling and heating system are both serviced once a year and repaired by a certified expert. Call Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning and let our professionals do the rest.