Last weekend, we had snow one day and a 70-degree temperature two days later, followed by a projected forecast of several more cool days. While we'd love to believe that winter is on the way, let's not forget - we live in North Carolina, and our weather is completely unpredictable. Don't turn off your furnace just yet. In fact, when the temperatures dip again (and we know they will), it's always nice to have a heating system that works to ensure that every single room in your home stays warm and keeps you comfortable.
That said, these transitional seasons will trick you into believing that your heating system is operating as efficiently as it should be, and you may not realize that heat is actively escaping through leaks around your home.
Now is a great time to inspect your home for air leaks so that you can repair now before it's time to turn on the air conditioning. Because what's worse than warm air escaping on a mild day? Cool air escaping during a North Carolina HOT day! Today we'll discuss 7 common places to look for air leaks in your home in Cary, NC.
What causes air leaks in Cary, NC to occur?
Home, much like human beings, begin to age the moment they are built. If you've ever built a new home, you know that as the foundation starts to settle, everything else inside your home also starts to show signs of natural wear and tear. Perhaps you had to make a call to your appliance company and make a warranty claim within the first six months of ownership, or you had to make an emergency call to a plumber to fix your brand new toilet. As much as we'd like to believe that a new home will stay new, the fact remains that everything that is used will show signs of aging.
Of course, your HVAC system is also susceptible to aging. So, as your home settles, air leaks will naturally occur and your heating bill will rise if you aren't paying attention.
Most common places for air leaks to occur
Not all homes lose energy efficiency in the same way. If you've ever noticed that your energy bill has been going up and you've never had an energy audit conducted on your home, now might be a good time to schedule an appointment.
In the meantime, take a walk around your house and inspect the following areas for air leaks in Cary, NC.
1. Cracks in walls, windows, and doors
The biggest source of air leaks in your home comes from small holes in your walls, windows, and doors. These tiny cracks are hardly noticeable to the naked eye as you won't see air transfer moving from inside to out. However, as your house settles, these tiny cracks can start to expand and let in an unbelievable amount of cold air (while also letting warm air escape).
In the same way, also check the following areas:
2. Basement walls
5. Basement floor
6. Framing walls
Air's primary job is to move throughout your home. While it's moving, if it finds ways to move through your ceilings, walls, windows, doors, or even down the basement walls or floors, it absolutely will. Therefore, it's up to you to know your home inside and out and stay on top of air leaks in Cary, NC as soon as they form so that you can seal them up quickly and reduce the impact on your energy bill.
To seal air leaks in your home, we recommend using caulk or foam for your walls and using weatherstripping around your windows and doors. You may also want to upgrade your insulation, but wait until you've had a professional inspect your home before doing so.
Call CHOICE Heating & Air Conditioning today to check for any air leaks in your home in Cary, NC. HVAC systems that are regularly maintained will last longer. Why? Tune-ups are designed to ensure optimum performance and to spot potential failures. When a part fails, the system is under undue strain. The strain causes other parts to work harder and, in turn, damages them as well. Don't wait for the system to fail.