Home air leaks are a major cause of reduced home energy efficiency, higher utility bills, and increased wear and tear on your HVAC system. In the San Antonio area, air leaks can be especially devastating because all of that hot, dry daytime air can seep into your home. This means more expensive bills and less comfortable for you and your family. Despite the many problems they cause, air leaks often go undetected for decades. Your home may have air leaks that you don’t even know about. Luckily, MD Air Conditioning & Heating is here to share a few simple ways you can find air leaks in your home.

1. Candle Method

Did you know that some leaks can be detected with just a candle? With this test, you’re looking for telltale signs of leaks, such as the flame flickering or blowing out or smoke getting blown into the room. Before you begin, be sure to turn off your home’s heating and cooling system to ensure accurate results. To do the test, simply light a candle and (carefully) pass it near the seams of windows and external doors.

2. Depressurization Method

You can use this test to find leaks smaller than what a candle could detect. Before you get started, you’ll need to switch off your HVAC system and ceiling fans. Next, light up an incense stick and pass it near the seams of external-facing doors and windows. If you notice the smoke getting blown inward or sucked outward, that means there’s a leak in that spot.

3. Air Leak Detector Method

The smallest and subtlest of leaks can be detected using a device called an air leak detector. These devices pick up on ultrasonic frequencies and minute temperature changes, resulting in very accurate readings. You can pick up a detector at your local hardware store.

San Antonio’s Heating and Cooling Experts

Did you find any air leaks? We can help. The expert technicians here at MD Air Conditioning & Heating know how to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. We’re trained and certified to provide best-in-class heating and cooling services, including installation, maintenance, and repair. Give us a call today to schedule service.

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