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Everything You Need to Find and Seal Drafts in Your Home

According to the U.S Department of Energy, sealing drafts in your home could lower your annual energy costs up to 30%.

Since you spend about $2,200 a year on energy at home, that’s $660 you could save every year.

Finding and sealing air leaks is an easy DIY project any homeowner can do.  Here’s a list of all the online resources you’ll need to get the job done.

1) How to find air leaks

U.S Department of Energy shows you where to look for common air leaks in a home and how to tell if air is leaking through. Common areas with air leaks include cracks around doors and windows.

2) How to buy weatherstripping

You’ll use weatherstripping to prevent air leaks on moveable components, like doors or windows. There are different types of weatherstripping for different areas of your home. To find the kinds you need, use The Essential Guide to Weatherstripping from This Old House.

3) How to apply weatherstripping to windows and doors

Once you’ve got your weatherstripping, you need to know how to apply it. Use Lowe’s tutorials on how to apply weatherstripping.

4) How to buy caulk

Use caulk to seal cracks, gaps or joints less than 1-quarter-inch wide between stationary building components and materials.

To find the right type of caulk, us Lowe’s Caulk Buying Guide.

5) How to use a caulk gun

Once you’ve got the caulk you need, use this video from Ace Hardware to learn how to apply it using a caulk gun.

Call in the pros for help

If your don’t want to find and seal air leaks on your own, or want to find cracks you missed, hire a professional energy auditor to conduct a “blower-door” test on your home.

Here’s what that test is about: A specialized fan is attached to your door frame and pulls air out of your home. Once the fan stops, higher air pressure finds it’s way back into your home through the cracks and crevices in your home.

The auditor then uses a smoke stick to find and seal the air leaks

Learn more about home energy audits.

Service Champions, your local heating and air conditioning company, serves San Jose, Sacramento, East Bay and the surrounding areas. For more information on any of our products or services, contact us online.

According to the U.S Department of Energy, sealing drafts in your home could lower your annual energy costs up to 30%.

Since you spend about $2,200 a year on energy at home, that’s $660 you could save every year.

Finding and sealing air leaks is an easy DIY project any homeowner can do.  Here’s a list of all the online resources you’ll need to get the job done.

1) How to find air leaks

U.S Department of Energy shows you where to look for common air leaks in a home and how to tell if air is leaking through. Common areas with air leaks include cracks around doors and windows.

2) How to buy weatherstripping

You’ll use weatherstripping to prevent air leaks on moveable components, like doors or windows. There are different types of weatherstripping for different areas of your home. To find the kinds you need, use The Essential Guide to Weatherstripping from This Old House.

3) How to apply weatherstripping to windows and doors

Once you’ve got your weatherstripping, you need to know how to apply it. Use Lowe’s tutorials on how to apply weatherstripping.

4) How to buy caulk

Use caulk to seal cracks, gaps or joints less than 1-quarter-inch wide between stationary building components and materials.

To find the right type of caulk, us Lowe’s Caulk Buying Guide.

5) How to use a caulk gun

Once you’ve got the caulk you need, use this video from Ace Hardware to learn how to apply it using a caulk gun.

Call in the pros for help

If your don’t want to find and seal air leaks on your own, or want to find cracks you missed, hire a professional energy auditor to conduct a “blower-door” test on your home.

Here’s what that test is about: A specialized fan is attached to your door frame and pulls air out of your home. Once the fan stops, higher air pressure finds it’s way back into your home through the cracks and crevices in your home.

The auditor then uses a smoke stick to find and seal the air leaks

Learn more about home energy audits.

Service Champions, your local heating and air conditioning company, serves San Jose, Sacramento, East Bay and the surrounding areas. For more information on any of our products or services, contact us online.

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