Locating Air Leaks 1 - Introduction Locating Air Leaks 1 - Introduction
Home Sealing is the quickest, cheapest way to a better performing home - and you can do it yourself.
When you see products or services with the ENERGY STAR, you know they meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Since using less energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality, choosing ENERGY STAR is one way you can do your part to protect our planet for future generations.
Homeowners may be aware of air leaks around windows and doors, but often not the more significant leaks into the attic and basement. These are the leaks that raise your energy bill and make your house uncomfortable. In cold weather, air leaks in the attic act like a chimney, drafting expensive heated air up into your attic and sucking cold air in all around your home - through windows, doors and especially into the basement. Large gaps are often found around plumbing pipes, light fixtures, chimneys, and soffits and chaseways. Locating leaks can be difficult because they are often hiding under your insulation.
Even if you have enough insulation in your attic, sealing attic and air leaks will enhance the performance of your insulation and make for a much more comfortable home.