As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a second to consider adding up 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 practically all homes have to deal 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 taken care of on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you increase the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you check for those annoying leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these certain areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps to better insulate your home.
- Recessed lights usually have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the concern on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually 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 normally 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 isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- Look at 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, ensure any gaps 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 tips we’ve outlined, you can potentially 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 Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling a call at 614-451-0846.