Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look 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 letting money fly out the door, literally! 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. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you look for those annoying leaks?
A good deal of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at:
- 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 around your home. A lot of people 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.
- 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. Simply use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice.
- Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to prevent air from escaping.
There are so many ways to ensure 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 House of Heating Incorporated, 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 715-384-3163.