Finding Air Leaks
Drafts and cold spots are often the best indicators of air leaks. On select household items, it’s important to keep an eye out for improper installation.
When doors, windows, or vents have loose screws and frames, air leaking is bound to occur. Make sure that each item on your checklist appears tightly installed and does not have any excess room for air to escape through. Both the exterior and the interior of the home need to be assessed.
There are some locations and objects which homeowners do not immediately consider when trying to identify air leaks. Recessed lighting fixtures, exterior soffits, and small openings such as those for cable and internet wires are consistently found to contribute to a home’s overall air leaking problem.
Air leaking’s biggest threat occurs when these locations stack their consequences. While one faulty window frame might not drastically damage a home’s comfort levels, it is rare that homes have one single issue. Thorough inspections that address every possible opportunity for air leaking are the best preventative measure.