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June
2015
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Find & Fix Air Leaks Around the Home to Save Energy and Money

You may already know where some air leaks into and out of your home, such as under the door. Find leaks and plug them to avoid paying to condition the air outside of your house. Save energy and money by making some easy and inexpensive improvements to your home.

Follow these steps from the U.S. Department of Energy:

Test your home for air tightness. On a windy day, carefully hold a lit incense stick or a smoke pen next to your windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, ceiling fixtures, attic hatches and other places where air may leak. If the smoke stream travels horizontally, you have located an air leak that may need caulking, sealing, or weather stripping.

Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards and other places where air may leak out.

Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings and soffits over cabinets.

Caulk and weather strip doors and windows that leak air.

Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on exterior walls.

Check your dryer vent to be sure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire.

Replace door bottoms and thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets.

Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.

Add weather stripping and insulation to attic access doors.

We'll show you how to complete many of these tasks with step-by-step videos at www.jacksonemc.com/diy

For a thorough and accurate measurement of air leakage in your home, call 770-822-3211 to schedule a Personal Home Fitness Evaluation. A blower door test, which depressurizes a home, can reveal the location of many leaks. An energy fitness evaluation can also determine areas in your home that need more insulation. For more information, visit www.jacksonemc.com/evaluation.