As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a moment to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you search for those pesky leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these certain areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps to better insulate your home.
- Recessed lights normally have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come already sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you swap out or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat enter in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are normally the key culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- View the edge 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 gaps you find.
- If your home has a chimney, make sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.
The host 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 potentially make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these pointers or are just looking to set up furnace service, give All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc a call at 256-801-4701.