Heating and cooling bills probably add up to as much if not more than all of your other household bills combined. The simplest way to cut back on the already-high cost of these utilities is to ensure that your home is as energy efficient as it can be. A home that allows heat and cool air to escape or to enter through cracks and gaps will cost far more than a home that has been properly sealed.
Finding Cracks and Gaps
The good news is, that most cracks and gaps can be found pretty easily by the homeowner. Simply light a candle and hold it close to areas where you suspect there might be air escaping or entering. The air movement will move the flame of the candle.
* Check for any cracks or gaps in siding, mortar or foundations.
* Check anyplace where two different building materials meet up on the exterior of the home. For example, where siding or brick meets up with the foundation or roof.
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