As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a minute to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to put up with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you maximize the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you check for those annoying leaks?
Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these particular areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes to better insulate your home.
- Recessed lights typically have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you replace or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat escape in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are typically the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- Look at 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 notice.
- 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 number of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips we’ve outlined, you can probably make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Rescue Heating & Air a call at 361-265-4371.