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As we start using our air conditioning units in this ever warming weather, already we can see our power bills starting to rise. Over the next couple of weeks, Anchor Heating and Air will be showing you how to save money on your energy bills during this spring/summer.
Is your home “air-tight”?
If your home is not sealed while you are running the air conditioning unit, not just your cool air will be flowing out of your home, so will your money! While we do want some fresh air in our home, most homes are letting too much in.
In fact, almost 25% of cooling or heating expenses can be tracked to leaks in your home. For a “leaky” home that spends up to $200 a month cooling their home, up to $50 could be saved by taking the proper measures to seal their home. That is too much money to waste on a problem that can be fixed!
So, how can I tell if my home is air-tight or not?
This is actually one of the easiest things to check for. Try holding a feather or a piece of tissue around certain spots in your home, like around the edges of doors and windows. You can also check for drafts and cracks in other places like around pet doors, interior walls, attics, fireplaces or dropped ceilings.
What do I do once I find a leak?It’s a cheap and simple fix. For a few dollars, you can purchase some caulk to seal any of the cracks you find. If it’s possible, caulk from the inside to prevent air escaping into the walls and roof. Weather stripping can be used around doors.
No one wants to waste money, so take the time to check your home for leaks to insure that you aren’t letting your hard earned money sneak out of the cracks in your home.