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Stopping air leaks in your home can help you save money on heating and cooling bills and increase your home's energy efficiency. Here are some ways to stop air leaks in your home:
1. Identify the leaks: Check for air leaks around windows, doors, and vents.
2. Caulk: Use caulk (no more gaps or similar) to seal any gaps or cracks around windows, doors, and other areas where air may be leaking in or out. Make sure the sealant is appropriate for the location (e.g. exterior, interior, wet area as appropriate)
3. Weatherstripping: Install weatherstripping around doors and windows to prevent drafts. If using self-adhesive weatherstripping, choose one with a plastic backing (rather than paper) as they are much easier to apply. Raven weatherstripping has a plastic backing.
The problem with self-adhesive weatherstripping is that if the gap in the door or window frame is too small the weatherstripping gets over compressed, and the door or window won't close properly.
An alternative style is available from Ecomaster ecomasterstore.com.au/. They have a range of sealing options for different applications, which tend to work better than what is available at your local hardware store.
If you can't afford weatherstripping, at least get yourself a door snake for each outside door and for the room you spend most time in of an evening.
4. Seal air ducts: Make sure air ducts are sealed and insulated to prevent air from escaping. Assuming you have an attic roof, check your airconditioning ducts and if necessary use duct tape to seal them. Any leaks from the ducts are particularly significant as the air in the duct is either hot or cold and under pressure so you can lose a lot of heat. Furthermore this reduces the amount of air entering the room compromising your comfort. If there are problems that you can't rectify yourself it will probably be worth paying to rectifying them.
By following these tips, you can significantly reduce air leaks in your home, which can help lower your energy bills and make your home more comfortable.
Stopping air leaks in your home can improve comfort in several ways:
If you are planning on doing more to reduce energy use, I suggest you consider creating a plan to ensure you achieve an optimum insulation level and consider what options you should do when. See Energy Audits.