Originally published Dec. 19, 2019, updated Jan. 11, 2022.
Do you find that no matter how much you run the heater in your Durham, North Carolina, home, you still feel cold, and the house feels drafty? Air leaks from various sources are often the culprit. Here are four places where air leaks often occur causing you to lose heated or cooled air, and how to fix them.
The insulation in your attic and walls prevents warm or cool air from escaping to the outside. It also prevents outdoor hot or cold air from entering your house. If you don’t have sufficient insulation, your home will be too cold. Have your insulation inspected and replaced if necessary.
Cracks in the Ductwork
Your home’s ductwork is a vital part of your HVAC system, as the treated air flows through the ductwork where it is delivered into your home. If there are cracks or separations in it, a large part of that treated air gets lost in the attic, walls, and basement. There is a reduced amount of warm or cool air blowing into your home making it feel uncomfortable. Have your ductwork periodically checked for cracks and leaks.
If your HVAC system hasn’t been inspected or had maintenance performed on it in a while, dirt and dust can clog it up, restricting airflow. Because there isn’t enough air flowing through the system and the ductwork, you’ll feel uncomfortable. Regular preventive maintenance will keep your system in top condition.
Improperly Weatherized Windows and Doors
If the weather stripping and caulking around your doors and windows is old, cracked, or nonexistent, you’ll definitely feel drafts in your home. Not only are you letting outside air in, but you’re losing precious warm or cool air from the inside. Have your doors and windows re-sealed to create a snug envelope that reduces air exchange.
Schedule an appointment today to have your HVAC system maintained by giving our friendly team at Cape Fear Air Conditioning, Heating, & Electrical Company, Inc. a call.