How to Locate Cold Air Leaks in Your Home

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As hot summer days fade into the coolness of fall, the HVAC professionals at Above and Beyond Heating & Cooling are shifting their focus to preparing Oklahoma City and Edmond homes for the winter months. Eliminating cold air leaks in the home is key to maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures and reasonable energy consumption levels. There are several ways you can find costly air leaks in their homes.

Do a Visual Inspection

The easiest way to check for air leaks is by doing a visual inspection. Begin by observing the outside of the home, and check for areas where caulking has failed, leaving gaps in windows and siding. Single-paned windows may have damaged glazing. If glazing is damaged, it no longer seals out water or air from outside, which may result in heat loss during winter. From inside the home, inspect under the threshold of each door to see if daylight comes through, indicating the opening is too big and will allow cold air in and heat to escape. Check windows for damaged weather stripping.

Conduct a Smoke Test

To detect leaks that are not easily seen, do a smoke test. Close all windows and doors, and turn off all combustion appliances, including the furnace and water heater. Then turn on all bathroom and kitchen exhaust vents, which will draw in air from the outside through any opening or crack. Next, light an incense, and hold it close to the spaces around each window and door. The presence of a leak is indicated by a change in the smoke rising from the incense. If the smoke wavers and is drawn inward, air is entering the home through a leak. If the smoke remains undisturbed, there is no leak presence in that particular area. When in doubt, our technicians can inspect your home for leaks and make recommendations to help you stay warm and save money.

Call an HVAC Technician

The licensed technicians at Above and Beyond recommend you have your HVAC system inspected during early fall before cold weather strikes. As a family-owned business, our top priority is friendly service. We can handle heating, air conditioning, indoor air quality, ductwork, and energy efficiency needs. Call us today to learn more.

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