Before your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Simply identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple DIY project that could help you save money season after season. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you search for those irritating leaks?
A lot of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable 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 considerable 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 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 great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning, we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 800-COOLING.