The Most Common Places for Air Leaks in the Home
This is a few of the most common areas in homes that leak air and how to prevent them before the cold winter weather comes.
The time for winter home prep is now. There are only a few warm fall days left before the cold rush of the winter season sets in. Most people start out with putting the outdoor furniture and grilling set away, but then move inside to make sure that their home is ready to withstand the cold days ahead. Because saving money is always a top priority, most families want to do everything that they can do to ensure that their home is running as efficiently as possible. Part of this is making sure that the home is not wasting any heat.
This is usually a difficult issue to spot out. Many people cannot tell if their home has a leak and even if they do notice a leak, they may not feel it necessary to seal it in order to save money and protect their home. Leaks in a home, however, can become a big issue for two reasons. First, it can cause a family to spend much more on heating their homes all winter long. Second, the leak can take on things like water and other natural elements, which can damage the home and cause much bigger issues in the future.
To avoid these big issues, every family should check their home for leaks regularly to make sure that their home is safe and running as efficiently as possible. Here are a few of the most common places leaks are found in a home and how families can fix them easily before winter arrives.
Loose or cracking floorboards
Floors are common places for leaks and escaping air in the home, especially in old homes. This may seem like an expensive fix that most people will not want to tackle, but fixing a leak in a floor can be very inexpensive. Simply adding a new coat of finish or paint might do the trick for a small leak. Otherwise, families can easily and inexpensively replace old hardwood floors with new engineered hardwood flooring.
Few people heat their attics during the winter, because they are only used for storage, but most people also want easy access to that storage throughout the year. For these reasons, attic entrances are a common place for leaking air in the home. Easily seal the area around the attic with caulk and replace an old door if necessary to ensure that the space is easy to access while still sealed.
The chimney flue
This part of the home is neglected all summer long, and then recognized again when it is needed in the cold winter months. The chimney flue can be a spot in the home that lets out a lot of the heat that the fireplace is generating instead of putting it back into the home. Families should search around the fireplace for leaks and seal them with caulk. For leaks inside the flue and on the roof, families should consider hiring a professional to have it checked.
This is an important area to check for two reasons. Plumping vents can let out extra air, but plumping vents can also leak water, both of which can cause big issues for the home. This is another issue that might require a professional for an in-depth inspection. Families can check around the vents and easily visible plumbing to make sure everything is ok and then have a professional check the rest.
Windows are a big source for a lot of the lost energy in a home. The areas around windows and even the windows themselves can let out a lot of air and cost a home hundreds of dollars in heating costs if not sealed properly. Families should check this area the most thoroughly of all. Check all seals of the windows, around every lock and lever and every corner to make sure that they are as best sealed as they can be. Seal small leaks with caulk and even cover the windows with weather plastic in the winter to save money.