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How Air Leaks Around the Home Affect Energy Efficiency

It’s tough to save money in the summer. Not only do you spend more time going outside and having fun (we hope), but your home energy bills can also be rather high. And often, it has little to do with the air conditioning system itself (especially if you schedule routine maintenance visits every year).

Your home might be contributing to your high energy bills. Seemingly minor leaks and cracks around the house really add up, allowing heat to enter the home. All of those leaks around the windows and doors put together may be as big as a soccer ball.

Your Air Conditioner Is Working Too Hard

If you’ve got minor leaks around the home, your air conditioner has to run for a little bit longer attempting to sufficiently cool the home. That means that your energy bills might be higher. Furthermore, your air conditioner’s components can wear out faster and need more frequent repairs due to the longer operation time.

A Blower Door Test

In order to determine where energy is leaving your home, some local technicians can perform a home energy audit. This includes an assessment of your attic, your ducts, your windows, and your AC and heating systems.

One of the most important tests performed during an energy audit is the blower door test. This involves placing a large fan in the doorway of your home. The fan pulls air out of the house, lowering the pressure within the home. From here, technicians can use tools that help them determine where air pressure is coming back into the home.

Sealing Up Your Home

After an energy audit, technicians can work with you to help you determine what steps to take next. If your building envelope is responsible for high bills, they can help you decide where to add weather stripping or caulking. You’ll notice a difference in your comfort and your bills.

Boehmer Heating & Cooling offers home performance services in Bethel Park, PA. Call our friendly staff for exceptional customer service.

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