Most people know that drafts around windows and doors are common and understand that they’re a major source of wasted energy. However, the biggest sources of drafts and air leaks are in other areas of your home, in places you might not suspect. These are the true culprits behind skyrocketing electric bills. In order to minimize air leaks, you must first be able to locate them. With that said, here are the three areas of your house that are the most susceptible to air leaks.
Basement. Let’s start with the most obvious — basements. The top of the basement wall where the cement meets the wood frame is one of the most common areas where air leaks occur. To take care of this, be sure to seal any gaps or cracks around your band joists.
Attic. Attics also let in a lot of unwanted air, so always make sure to check behind your insulation for leaks. If you find any, make sure to seal them so that you’ll have a more comfortable, energy-efficient home.
Fireplace. A fireplace is a great thing to have, but it’s very prone to expensive air leaks. When not in use, keep the flue tightly closed, be sure to check your chimney periodically for leaks and seal any that you find using fire-resistant materials such as furnace cement caulk.
Plumbing, wiring and ducting. Pipes, ductwork and electrical wiring go through holes in your walls, floors and ceiling. They’re big contributors to drafts, so be sure to check for leaks and seal any you find.
All homes have a certain amount of air leaks. To ensure that the leaks in your home are as minimal as possible, call on the professionals over at Entergis Testing and Sealing, LLC. Feel free to give us a call at (225) 445-2362 so you can speak to one of our experts. Alternatively, you can fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation today.