Sealing Air Leaks in the Home
As a Michigan homeowner, a main cause for concern is always water entry and moisture issues, whether it be a result of high humidity or snowmelt come spring time. While water and moisture are certainly concerning, they’re not the only issues homeowners should be aware of. Though they may not present as much damage as a basement flood, air leaks can significantly increase energy usage and affect the comfort levels within your home. Plus, if air can make its way into your home, who’s to say moisture won’t as well?
In preventing air leaks within your home, you’ll first need to detect the air leaks, then take the necessary measures to ensure they’re sealed properly. While a professional from Applegate is most suited for the job, there’s a few things you can do to seal leaks on your own. Allow us to fill you in.
Effects of Air Leaks
As mentioned, air leaks can have a strong and negative effect on your home’s comfort levels, but moreover, they increase energy usage. Whether it be door frames, windows, or even the electrical sockets around your Michigan home, any of these areas can let in outside air, while allowing conditioned (or heated) inside air to escape. In turn, your AC unit will run more and experience more wear and tear, in addition to increasing energy bills.
More concerning for homeowners is the potential for moisture issues. Just as air can enter through these small spaces, moisture can as well. When moisture comes into the picture, you’re looking at potential mold growth and structural issues. Raising the risk of both health issues and physical danger, moisture presents quite the problems.
Sealing Air Leaks
If you’ve detected air leaks within your home, you should take action immediately to prevent the above issues from arising. Calling a professional is certainly your best bet, yet there’s plenty of things you can do on your own to seal the air leaks. Take a look at the tips below:
- Use caulk or weatherstripping along doors and windows.
- Be sure to seal any areas where plumbing, wiring, etc. contacts walls, ceiling & floors.
- Consider covering single-pane windows or replacing them with more updated types.
- Add a draft guard on any doors leading outside.
- Ensure your fireplace flue damper is completely shut tightly.
- Weatherstrip the attic hatch.
- Don’t forget to check the basement! Anywhere wood meets concrete (foundation) should be tightly sealed.
Call the Professionals at Applegate Home Comfort
As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can locate and seal air leaks throughout your home. Considering the many issues and dangers that can arise with air leaks, it’s always important to seal them as soon as you notice them. If you’re not the DIY type and need some assistance, Applegate Home Comfort is happy to help. If you’ve noticed air leakage in your home, contact us today. You can also give us a call at 517-337-7700.