How to Locate Cold Air Leaks in Your Home

October 10, 2019

Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning understands the amount of energy that can be lost from your home if you have cold air leaks. Most homes have leaks around doors, windows, outlets, and other fixtures that can increase your winter energy bills. Identifying and fixing these leaks can be a great investment in your home.

Use Your Hands

For larger leaks, you can use the skin on your hands to identify spots where cold air is entering. Choose a cold day when you have the inside of your home heated. Go around any doors or windows on the exterior of your home and run your hand around the edges. You’ll be able to feel areas where cold air is entering. Your hands can also be used to search for air leaks around vents.

Flickering Candle Flames

To identify smaller leaks, consider using a candle. A lit candle can be moved around baseboards, electrical outlets, or light fixtures. If you notice that the flame is flickering and moving, it could indicate an air leak. This method is most effective if your central heating system is turned off.

Hire an HVAC Professional

The best way to identify the various air leaks in your home is to have a professional take a look. By using a blower fan in a door, they can depressurize the inside of your home. When this is done, air leaks will become obvious. They’ll be able to identify any places where the air is leaking in from the outside or from interior walls.

Skilled and Experienced HVAC Contractors

Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning is highly experienced with heating and AC repairs, installations, and maintenance, water heaters, electrical work, and heat pump installation. We can also work with hydronic heating systems and jobs involving indoor air quality. We’ve earned an A+ rating from the BBB, and our NATE-certified technicians are kept current with new technologies.

To find out more about the services our Lynnwood, WA, business offers, contact the team from Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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