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Finding the places where the air is leaking from your home is important in order to not only save energy and money but for your comfort as well. Nothing is less comfy than a drafty home.
Most of the drafts and air leaks will be pretty easy to find by and large because you can feel them pouring the cold air into your home, but some air leaks are hidden. Craftily hiding in attics, basements and crawlspaces, or under your house in the duct work are air leaks that are costing you energy and money and those are not so easy to find, or to fix.

Sealing them using foam, weather stripping or with a caulking gun will go a long way toward making your house warmer and more comfortable and keeping some of your money in your own pocket.

It is possible of course to seal your home up too well, preventing the fresh air from entering your house and keeping your air quality good for your healthy living, but trust me when I tell you that with an older house, or a mobile home, that truly isn’t very likely.

Try going over your home yourself and check for some of these often overlooked air leaks, such as around the outlets. If you find cool air moving in past the outlets in your home, there are small panel like insulators that are made specifically for insulating the home outlets, and will stop a good bit of draft.

Check your ductwork, and make sure that it isn’t leaking vast amounts of cold air into your home.
If you can feel cold air blowing through when the furnace and blower are not at work, then you do need to take steps to tighten the ductwork, not only for efficiency but also for safety.

Energy Star says:”In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks and poorly sealed connections. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.”

Many of these ducts are hidden inside the walls and between or underneath the floors, making them hard to access and difficult to repair when they are separated, however those which are open to view in attics and etc can be sealed using the cure all for every opening.. duct tape.

In addition, insulating ducts that run through spaces that get hot in summer or cold in winter (like attics, garages, or crawlspaces) can save significant energy, and you will save a decent amount of energy and money by making sure that you do..

One very common place that air leaks occur in a mobile home will be beneath the windows, not necessarily on the window itself, but below it where it meets the wall.

Lay a hand there, or a mirror on a cool day and see if it fogs. If so, run a bead of silicone caulking along that seam to seal it better.

Another mobile home issue is under walls, where the molding is not necessarily down meeting with the floor. If that sthe case with yours, I recommend adding a strip of weather stripping between the molding and the floor, or sealing that with caulking as well, to save yourself money and comfort as the winter weather approaches.

Granted Prefab homes are not the best built in the world but they can be a safe and comfortable home environment if you take the time and effort to keep them sealed.

For more information on staying warm and lowering your utility bills, visit Energy Star.com.

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