As cooler weather moves into Southeastern North Carolina, you may be noticing areas of your home that are cooler than others. Air leaks and drafts may be affecting your home’s ability to stay warm and may be reducing the efficiency of your heating and air system. Finding and sealing air leaks can help keep the warm air in and the cold air out, while reducing energy costs throughout the winter months.
When most homeowners think about air leaks they think about their windows and doors. Lesser known sources are their chimney flues, attic hatch, plumbing vents, recessed lights, basement and foundation joists. These locations are harder for homeowners to discover without the help of a professional.
Finding air leaks in your home may be easy—you’ll notice a draft—but in cases where you can’t easily feel the source of the leak, an infrared sensor can be used to discover cool-air pockets and measure surface temperatures. These battery-powered devices can help you discover needed home repairs and pinpoint leaks. You can purchase your own thermal leak detector, or hire Brinson and Sons to perform a thermal home audit and to make sure your HVAC system is heaing your home to its best ability.
Repairing and sealing home air leaks can reduce energy costs by up to 20 percent, and can make your home more consistently comfortable. Easy repairs include sealing windows and refreshing weather stripping on doorways. Add draft-stoppers to attic doors to prevent cool air from entering. More expensive repairs include adding additional insulation, roofing repairs and basement sealing if needed.
Our team of home comfort professionals help homeowners like you, track down power-draining drafts and air leaks. Sealing and repairing your home now can save you on energy costs throughout the life of your home. Stay warm this winter, and stay cool next summer with easy home sealing tips and tricks. Contact the professionals at Brinson and Sons to analyze your home’s heating and cooling system.
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