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 throughout the year. 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 large portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you maximize the bonuses 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 search for those pesky leaks?
Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these certain 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 considerably impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities 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 issue on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually 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 escape in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are normally the key 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.
- Look at the border 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 uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, make sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.
The number 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 pointers or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc a call at 318-855-2326.