Have you ever had your A/C running for hours on end only to realize that the air wasn’t keeping your room cool? If so, we know just how frustrating and even alarming this can be. However, just because your home hasn’t reached desired temps doesn’t mean that your system is on the fritz – it could simply just be a sign that there are cracks that need to be sealed.
- Inspect all windows and doors for signs of cracks where air may be leaking from. If any are present, add caulk or weatherstripping where necessary.
- Check any visible insulation for dirty spots – this could be a sign of air leaks and mold. Should leaks have formed, seal them by using a low-expansion spray or install house flashing if needed.
- Similar to the way you looked for dirty spots in your insulation, check for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet too. When this is evident, there may be air leaks where your walls meet your ceilings and floors. Once again, this requires caulking!
- If your kitchen has an exhaust fan, cover it when it isn’t needed to prevent cool air from slipping through the cracks.
- Install foam gaskets behind your home’s outlets and switch plates. Though these are a small feature of the home, they can cause leaks in a big way!