Testing your home for air leaks

If you are concerned about improving your home's energy efficiency, there are many areas where upgrades can be made. If you have air leaking out of your home constantly, it takes more power and money to keep your home comfortable, which will result in you unnecessarily wasting both. By finding and sealing any leaks, you will be able to greatly improve your home energy efficiency. The major areas where air will leak out of your home is through improperly insulated doors and windows, which is especially common if they are more than a decade old.

Here is how you can check for air leaks in your home:

  • The first step is to close and lock all windows, door and vents. Any place that air can travel through must be shut, so there is no breeze created. If you do not seal up your home, the entire test will be meaningless. Once your home is sealed, you can complete the test by moving on to the next step.
  • All you need to do is walk by each door and window in your home with a lit candle. By holding it up to the frame of each potential area where there could be a leak, you will be able to determine if there is even a miniscule amount of airflow by whether or not the flame flickers. If it does at any point, you have found a leak.

If you are a Maryland resident interested in a more thorough home inspection, schedule an appointment with Alban Inspections today! As a leading home inspection company, we will be able to assess your home in a number of different areas, including its levels of mold, lead and energy efficiency.