As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a second to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you boost the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you check for those irritating leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these specific areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes 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 concern on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors typically 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 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.
- 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 openings you find.
- If your home has a chimney, make sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow.
The variety 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 probably make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Gillman Heating and Air a call at 478-202-3076.