Before your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. 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 season after season. When all your leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you search for those annoying 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, allowing air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a chillier home and a higher utility bill.
- Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. A lot of people overlook them and they can let a substantial 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 surrounding 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 thwart air from escaping.
There are so many ways to make sure you get the most out of your annual furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Dearing's Service & Solutions, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 812-200-5844.