As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a minute to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to put up with, but there is a great portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to boost 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 view these particular areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the concern on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you change 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 ensure 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, ensure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow.
The number of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is very 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 Appalachian Heating a call at 304-707-0600.