Every second of every day, your home is losing energy. The smallest of cracks can lead to inefficiency which can add up to a lot of money in the long run. Today we want to help you overcome these five surprising culprits of air leaks in your home.
1. Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting can help give your ceilings a sleek and uniform look. To do this, they use can lights and are typically installed inside of the celling. Often times these cans contain gaps and holes that let air leak out of your home, right into the attic!
If your can lights were installed prior to 2004, they probably haven’t been sealed. You can call an electrician to properly seal these lights with special fireproof foam.
2. Old Caulking in the Bathtub
Over time, old caulking in the bathtub can dry and discolor due to mildew. When the caulking isn’t properly sealed, your bathroom can lose air through these leaks.
To fix this issue, we recommend that you scrape off the caulk then reseal it.
3. Windows and Doors that Aren’t Properly Sealed
This is a simple fix that’s often overlooked by many homeowners. You can check for cracks around you windows and door frames by putting water on your hand then running your hand through drafty areas. You will feel the air blowing on your hand; it will feel like a straw.
Once you’ve figured out where the seals are broken, use clear, paintable caulk to cover this area up. Take a caulk gun and run a stream of caulk around the edges were the leak is. Once this is completed, add water to your index finger and smooth the caulk into a concave-like shape.
4. Air Gaps Surrounding Outlets
When outlets are inserted into walls, a small gap between the drywall and the electric box is often left. This will lead to energy loss when a plug is inserted in.
To fix leaky outlets, use expanding foam where the gap is present.
5. Temperature Moving Through Windows
While windows help homeowners save money on their electricity by utilizing natural light, they can make HVAC systems work harder because they do allow some temperature transfer.
Want a simple solution without having to purchase energy efficient windows? Insulating window treatments like cellular shades will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Cellular shades act as a barrier between your home and the outside. Here at CellularWindowShades.com we offer our customers both single cell and double cell to serve our customers the efficiency they need!