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Your home should be a comfortable refuge. You shouldn’t have to wear multiple layers to feel warm inside during the winter. That’s why it is important to seal the air leaks around your Fairfax, Virginia, home. When you seal and insulate your home, you will stay comfortable throughout the season, keep the cold air outside, and improve heating efficiency.

Repair Leaks

One of the easiest ways to make sure you stay warm in the winter is to seal any air leaks that are visible in your home’s envelope. If you see sunlight streaming in through any gap or hole, making repairs should be a priority. Otherwise, these leaks will quickly let warm air out, increase your energy bill, and leave you freezing.

Seal Leaks in Windows and Doors

Next it’s time to look for leaks that might not be so obvious — like those around windows, doors, and chimneys. Before seeking out these leaks, turn off all fans and HVAC systems. By depressurizing your home, you’ll be able to look for cold spots where outside air is seeping in. You can use an incense stick and watch for movement in the smoke to help you to detect leaks. By letting in the winter air, it will be harder for your furnace to heat your home. Sealing these leaks will also improve your indoor air quality by keeping allergens outside.

Check Insulation

You can also make your home more comfortable by adding insulation. The right amount and type of insulation will prevent warm air from leaking out through the walls and act as a barrier, making your walls thicker and more resistant to the cold outdoor air. You can add insulation to your walls, floor, and attic. Cold winter air can still affect your home even through well-sealed windows, so consider covering them with heavy drapes for added insulation.

Don’t be cold this winter. Check for air leaks and give Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 703-763-0399 for regular repairs, annual maintenance, or installation services.

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