How old is your home? If it was built recently, you might assume that it’s as efficient as possible.
The building codes are more rigorous. The materials we use today are better than anything we used before. But even with all that in mind, it doesn’t take more than a few years for your home to take on a “lived in” feel. And that might include losing a lot of its efficiencies.
Home improvement projects can have a big impact on how efficient a home remains. Especially those DIY projects that might not be up to code.
Day to day living can also impact your home in many ways. Freak storms, the squirrel that got into your attic, the window you accidentally left open - all of that impacts your house in big ways. Including the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Your HVAC system works hard to maintain a comfortable living environment, even under less than ideal situations. As your ventilation system ages, it can develop air leaks. Your duct work can slowly break apart. And without proper care and sealing, it’s leaking conditioned air where it shouldn’t be. You can have leaks in many places including:
- Plumbing vents
- Furnace flues
- Attic leaks
- Window sills
- Door frames
- Outlet plates and switches
- Crawl spaces
How do you know if you have an air leak?
- You notice changes in your utility bill that can’t be explained by sudden temperature variances
- The exterior walls inside your home are always cold
- You notice drafts, hot or cold spots throughout your home
- Your feet feel drafts near the floorboards
- There are ice dams on the roof
- Your furnace cycles all the time during the winter
How do you solve this problem? Start by asking for an inspection from your local HVAC contractor. A thorough inspection will reveal where the leaks are, and help you understand the best way to make repairs to create an energy efficient environment once again.
Have air leaks? Solve the problem today by sealing your ducts.