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How to Detect Air Leaks in Your St. Louis Area Home

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small_8677186528Do you have trouble keeping your utility bills low, even if your heating and cooling system is efficient and well-maintained? One common problem that impacts the overall efficiency of an otherwise efficient home is air leaks. Today we’re going to talk about how to detect air leaks in your home and what to do with the leaks that you find!

What are air leaks?

Air leaks are any cracks or openings around the perimeter of your home that allow outside air to sneak indoors. When air leaks are present, the temperature of your home can be altered and your furnace and air conditioner will have to work harder to maintain your desired temperature level. As a result, air leaks can significantly raise your heating and cooling bills.

How to detect air leaks in your home

There are a number of different do-it-yourself methods for detecting air leaks in your home. Some of the best of those include:

What to do about your home’s air leaks

The best materials for sealing up air leaks in your home are:

  • Caulk for smaller cracks and openings.
  • Spray foam insulation for larger gaps and openings.
  • Weatherstripping for the areas around your windows’ and doors’ moving parts.
  • Door sweeps for the bottom of your doors where they meet the floor.

If you have any questions about how to detect air leaks in your home, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Charles heating and air conditioning contractor. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like St. Peters, Town and Country and Weldon Spring.

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