Before your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Merely identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be an easy DIY project that could help you save money year after year. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you check for those irritating leaks?
A good deal of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a colder home and a higher utility bill.
- Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in your home. It’s not uncommon for people to overlook them and they can let a substantial amount of heat escape.
Any openings into your house.
A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors.
- Inspect your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it.
- Inspect the caulking on all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Just use a caulking gun to fill any holes you notice.
- Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to stop air from escaping.
There are so many ways to make certain you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a huge advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Anderson Heating & A/C, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 775-230-7628.