We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.
If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.
Air Seal Your Home as Part of Your Springtime Maintenance Routine
In trying to cut your cooling and heatingcosts, what steps are you taking that won’t negatively impact your comfort? Have you thought about making your home airtight as the weather heats up outside? If you want to air seal your home as part your springtime maintenance routine, use these tips to locate leaks and seal them up.
Find air leaks
You can visually inspect the most common areas that leak air, including:
For a more in-depth discovery of where your home leaks, seek a home energy audit. Part of this evaluation includes sealing up the doors and windows and conducting a pressurization (blower door) test. This increases air infiltration through gaps and cracks and makes them easier to detect.
Caulk is used to seal stationary joints around window and door frames, as well as to seal other small holes and cracks in your home’s exterior envelope (or the attic floor). It comes in a disposable cartridge and is applied with a caulking gun. This compound comes in a variety of strengths, properties and price points. Caulking leaky areas to air seal your home is a simple, do-it-yourself project. For bigger gaps and holes, use expanding spray foam to seat the leaks.
Weatherstripping fits in movable joints to provide a seal in door jambs and operable windows. It comes on a roll the way tape does. When choosing weatherstripping for your home, consider various materials (felt, open-cell, vinyl, metal) and properties (ability to withstand friction, temperature changes, moisture, general wear and tear) that are right for the application. You can easily replace old weatherstripping as a DIY project.
Remember that even if your home has a good air seal, it still needs proper insulation to thwart heat flow and help your home achieve the energy efficiency you seek.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Northwest Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.