Eliminating drafts, air leaks and hidden holes in your home will not only keep your home comfortable, it will also save energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the biggest leaks are often found in the attic or basement of most homes.
Air leaks and drafts found in these areas of the home can be sealed using caulk, spray foam or weather stripping. It's also important to check for leaks around windows and doors in the home to ensure that no unwanted air is entering through unnoticed cracks or holes.
Insulation is another important tool to keeping your home operating at its best. One of the easiest ways to check whether your home has enough insulation is to look across the home's uncovered attic floor. Insulation is measured using an R-factor, a number given to represent how effective the insulation is at slowing heat flow. The recommended insulation for most attics is R-38, or about 12-15 inches of insulation. If your home doesn't have enough insulation, you may want to consider adding more.
Home energy audits can also be conducted, either by the homeowner or a professional, to help identify leaks and drafts.