Prior to 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! Simply identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple DIY project that could help you save money season after season. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you look for those annoying leaks?
A good deal of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a colder home and a higher utility bill.
- Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around your home. A lot of people overlook them and they can let a significant amount of heat escape.
Any openings into your house.
A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors.
- Look at your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it.
- Inspect the caulking around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply 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 preventive furnace service, but following this list will give you a big advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 512-355-1482.