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As most Georgians know, our summers typically consist of hot and humid days that can even last through early September. While most of us are aware of the effects of the Georgia sun, one thing each of us rely on to get through it is the cooling comfort of our own homes. Now, while having a proper air conditioning system is key to getting your house cool to begin with, the only way you're going to keep that cool air in and the hot air out is by effective insulation.
Without effective home insulation, your family could be leaking that precious A/C right out the window – literally! At Trotter Roofing & Gutters we know a couple of things when it comes to home insulation, that's why we want to make sure everyone knows how to check for air leaks to avoid throwing cool air, and your money, right out the window!
One of the first things you should do when looking for air leaks in your home is to feel for drafts to areas prone to leakage. On an especially windy day, walk through your home, standing and feeling for drafts near your entry doors, windows, attic entrance, and even by your garage. Try to feel for air moving near those areas that has a noticeable temperature difference to the surrounding area.
Sometimes, feeling a draft near these areas can be a simple fix that doesn't require a huge replacement. Simple things such as tightening a connection, recaulking an area, or adding weather strips can be a quick fix to stop the loss.
Another quick way to check for a potential air leak is looking for rooms that do not match the temperatures of the rest of the house. For example, if you have a guest bedroom that runs hotter than the others, or if your basement isn't as cold as it's set to, then you may be experiencing an uneven temperature distribution.
This can be a sign of an air leak in the affected room. One of the biggest steps to overcome in finding an air leak is narrowing it down to a single room or area. This can help professionals target which door or window may be at fault.
Improper airflow in rooms of your home can create changes in moisture levels due to condensation, just like your car's windshield or an ice-cold glass outside in the summertime. If you have a room that is highly effected by this phenomenon, the moisture can damage your walls over time.
If you are noticing some inexplicable water damage on certain walls or ceilings of your home, you may be dealing with an air leak that's causing the condensation. While a rare occurrence, it still can happen, and if you're noticing this it's important to get in touch with a local professional right away.
At Trotter Roofing & Gutters, we handle all sorts of insulation issues and repairs throughout your home. If you have suspicions of an air leak in your home, stop losing money and contact Trotter today!