Before your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Just identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money year after year. When all your leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you check for those irritating leaks?
A good deal of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check:
- 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.
- Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in 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.
- Inspect your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it.
- Inspect the caulking around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Just use a caulking gun to plug 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 ensure you get the most out of your preventive 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 Airtronic Heating & Cooling, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 313-230-4053.