As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a moment to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal with, but there is a great portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you maximize the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you search for those irritating leaks?
Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these specific areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors typically 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 get in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are usually the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- Look at the perimeter 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 openings you uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, be sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow.
The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is awfully long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list we’ve outlined, you can potentially make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Western Mechanical, Inc. a call at 435-753-5515.