Before your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be throwing money out the window! Simply 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 season after season. When all your leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario than enhancing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you search for those irritating leaks?
A great deal of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a chillier home and a higher utility bill.
- Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. It’s not uncommon for people to overlook them and they can let a significant amount of heat escape.
Any openings into your house.
A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors.
- Check your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it.
- Inspect the caulking surrounding all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Just use a caulking gun to plug 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 preventive furnace service, but following this list will give you a big advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc, we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 740-474-5940.