One of the most effective ways to reduce your energy costs is to seal air leaks in your home. Northeast Ohio can get awfully cold, especially near the lake, and drafts in your house can be expensive and a threat to your family’s comfort. Windows, doors and HVAC ducts are all likely places for air leaks, as are utility penetrations and spots where building materials join or connect. Leaks can occur in the attic, under the home or inside the walls.
Winterize With Weatherstripping
Because doors and windows are a direct link to the outside, weatherstripping these fixtures is especially important. It only takes a few minutes to apply adhesive-backed strips around all doors and movable parts of windows leading to spaces that are not heated or cooled. If there are air leaks under the door and you do not want to replace the threshold, weather-barrier strips that attach under or on the back of the door are available in most home improvement centers.
Keep It Comfortable With Caulk
The purpose of caulking is to seal leaks or gaps between two immovable surfaces. There are many potential leaks throughout the home that can be sealed inexpensively using ordinary latex caulk. Among the many places that should be examined:
- Corner, floor and ceiling joints
- Fixtures and wall plates
- Tubs and sinks
Check the Ductwork
Residential air ducts are not built to last forever and may warp or break over time. Symptoms of air leaks in your ductwork include drafts or unexpectedly high utility bills. Some ductwork can be repaired yourself by applying mastic sealant or metal-backed tape to the joints. In other situations, the ducts may not be easily accessible and will require an experienced technician to check for and seal leaks in your HVAC system.
It is also important to service your heating system before the cold weather arrives to avoid inconvenient problems later. For courteous, professional assistance, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We have been in business for over 75 years, and our service area includes greater Cleveland and surrounding communities.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air leaks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
For those Do it Yourselfers who would rather take control of your own indoor comfort, you can shop our online store for replacement parts, products and accessories!
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