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DIY Home Air Pressure Test
It's always cheaper to "reduce your need" rather than "buying more". Air leaks in your home can increase your heating and air conditioning costs from 5% to 30%. With this simple do-it-yourself (DIY) home air pressure test, you can locate the biggest leaks and seal them. It may not catch the smaller air leaks that a professional pressure test would, but it doesn't cost $450 like a professional air pressure test cost in my neighborhood (Canada). In the UK, air leak testing will cost between £125 and £175 for 1 dwelling.
This DIY test works best when it's cold outside and warm inside your home, as it's easier to "feel" where the air leaks are.
Home Pressure Test
Outside Air Leaks
Now that you are finished with the DIY home air pressure test, take a quick look at the outside of the house. First place to pay special attention to, is the water faucets, electrical outlets and pipes for electrical conduit. Make sure these are sealed. Also look for any cracks in the mortar, spaces between bricks, joins between to separate types of materials, etc. Caulking works well, though make sure you are using the correct type for the material you are working with. Expanding foam is also available and can be very helpful for larger openings. Make sure you get the right type of foam for the job - some types can expand and enlarge a crack.
You should notice a much warmer or cooler, draft-free home!
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