As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a minute to consider calculating 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 deal 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 sealed on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to increase 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 check these specific areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve 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 escape in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are typically 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 hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- Check 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 holes you notice.
- If your home has a chimney, ensure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent 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 tips we’ve outlined, you can probably make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give HCE Systems Inc a call at 276-302-0076.