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Air leaks can have a major impact on your home’s energy efficiency. Drafts and breezes from the outside cause your heating and cooling system to work harder. Not only does this eat up more energy, but it also raises your energy bills and put undue stress on your HVAC system. A drafty home is also uncomfortable to live in because leaks can create cold or hot spots in certain rooms.

Luckily, our technicians here at Dave Broussard A/C & Heating are experts at detecting air leaks. Take a look at these three simple ways to detect air leaks in your home.

 

1. With Your Hand

 

Most of the time, finding an air leak doesn’t require any fancy equipment. In fact, large leaks can be detected using just your hand! Air leaks are most likely to pop up near the seams of external-facing doors and windows. If you feel a draft or a big difference in temperature in those spots, then you have an air leak.

 

2. With a Candle

 

A candle can help you find air leaks smaller than what you can feel with just your hand. Simply light the candle and (carefully) pass it near the seams of your doors and windows. When the candle flame flickers or blows out, you’ve found the source of the air leak.

 

3. With a Stick of Incense

 

Smaller leaks can be found using a lit stick of incense. To make this trick work, you first have to depressurize your home by turning off your HVAC and any ceiling fans. Once that’s done, simply light the incense and pass it near areas where you suspect of having an air leak. If the smoke gets sucked out or blown inward, you have a leak in that spot.

 

Trusted Heating and Cooling Service

 

Did you find any air leaks in your home? Don’t worry, our team of expert technicians here at Dave Broussard A/C & Heating can help. We know exactly how to make your home more energy-efficient, whether that’s sealing gaps in your ductwork or doing a tune-up on your furnace or AC. Since 2006, we’ve provided trusted, reliable heating and cooling services in Broussard. Give us a call today.

Technological advancements and government regulations are bringing about changes that may call on you to replace your air conditioner. Though you may not think it is necessary to do so, if you find any of the following factors pertaining to you, it may be more cost-effective and environmentally sound to change your air conditioning unit soon.

 

1. Your Air Conditioner Has a SEER of Under 14


A SEER rating is to your air conditioner what a miles per gallon rate is to an automobile. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio tells you how efficient your air conditioning unit is at cooling your space. If your air conditioner is not efficient at cooling your home, the cost of replacing it is well worth what you will spend.

 

 

2. Too Many Repairs


If you find yourself calling an HVAC professional a bit too often to repair your air conditioner, then it makes sense to save on the frequent visits by replacing the unit. Having your air conditioner break down or not cool your home adequately can be frustrating. You and your loved ones have to endure high temperatures while you wait for the AC professional to find the time to stop by.

 

 

3. Your Air Conditioner Uses Older Refrigerant Type


Freon, which has been the refrigerant used by air conditioners for decades, is being phased out. The government is implementing laws to make the use of R410A refrigerant the standard for cooling. One of the more frequent reasons you may call your AC specialist to your home is to refill your unit's Freon. Save money by switching to a newer air conditioner that uses the new type of refrigerant. That way, you can enjoy the savings while being compliant with regulations well in advance.

If you are in the Broussard, LA, area and need to replace your air conditioner, we can discuss the best option for your needs. We also offer heating, repair, maintenance, and commercial HVAC services. Contact Dave Broussard A/C & Heating today!

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Ventilation is the oft-overlooked member of that trio. Nevertheless, it's absolutely crucial to a healthy home environment and efficient heating and cooling. This point becomes even more important since modern construction techniques lead to sealed houses that are very efficient but also much more prone to inadequate ventilation.

 

Indoor Air Quality


Indoor air quality (IAQ) is an important factor. At Dave Broussard A/C & Heating, we have more than a decade of experience helping homeowners in Broussard, Louisiana, maintain the best possible air quality. What you may not realize is that an inadequately ventilated house can actually have higher concentration levels of pollutants than outside air. Proper ventilation ensures an influx of fresh air that lowers pollution in an energy-efficient way.

 

 

Moisture


Another important aspect of ventilation is that it helps to avoid condensation. Excess moisture is problematic in a house for a number of reasons. It can lead to mold, which can greatly affect indoor air quality even before you can smell or see it. Moisture can exacerbate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. Condensation can also cause your wood surfaces and furniture to degrade faster. Ventilation isn’t the only way to deal with moisture, but it's the first line of defense in a healthy home.

 

 

Deodorization


Ensuring a steady flow of fresh air is very important for maintaining an odor-free residence. A house that's well-ventilated won’t have moisture problems. A home that's also dusted and vacuumed regularly generally won’t have the smells that people often try to disguise with artificial air fresheners.

 

 

Evenness of Heating and Cooling


Your ventilation system is also crucial to your heating and cooling because it distributes the conditioned air throughout the house. If the ventilation is inadequate, then you're more likely to experience areas that are hotter or cooler than the rest.

 

 

Improve Your Home Ventilation


Dave Broussard A/C & Heating_name in Broussard, LA, installs, repairs, and maintains all manner of heating and cooling equipment. We also specialize in the big picture of your home’s indoor air quality. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

 

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