As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a second to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you check for those annoying leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these specific areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps to better insulate your home.
- Recessed lights normally have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come already sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you change or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat get in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are normally the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- Check the border of all of your home’s windows, both in and outdoor, inspecting the caulking. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to plug any holes you find.
- If your home has a chimney, be sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.
The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the recommendations we’ve outlined, you can possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these pointers or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc a call at 877-389-2465.