A large source of energy loss in your home or business can be attributed to air leaks. Caulking, weather stripping, and sealing all seams, cracks and openings is an easy way to keep warm air in and cold air out. Discovering where you have leaks and drafts can be a bit more complicated. Some energy zappers are easy to find, such as an ill fitting door where you can see sunlight coming through at the top or bottom. correctly installing weather stripping to the top and the bottom of the exterior doors in your home can make a large difference on your electric bill.
Another way to test for air leaks is to carry an incense stick around your home on a particularly windy day and hold it next to your windows, doors, electrical boxes, switch plates, outlets and anywhere that there is a possibility of a leak. Watch for a current changing the course of the smoke flowing from the incense stick. These area will require sealing. Installing foam backing plates behind outlets and switches helps to minimize possible leaks.
Install Energy Star windows and doors to protect your home from the elements as best possible. Or cover existing single pane windows with storm windows. Storm doors that close automatically save energy by trapping a small amount of air as an insulation between the exterior door and the outside. In addition, replace door bottoms and thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets.
Fireplace flues are known for air leakage. To seal your flue when not in use, consider an inflatable chimney balloon. Inflatable chimney balloons fit beneath your fireplace flue when not in use, are made from durable plastic, and can be removed easily and reused hundreds of times. If you forget to remove the balloon before making a fire, the balloon will automatically deflate within seconds of coming into contact with heat.
These are just a few of the methods to reduce air leaks in your home. However, the team at Calgary Retrofitters can carefully and professionally inspect your home to determine all of the areas of concern in regards to air leaks, and help to develop a plan to increase your home's energy efficiency.