As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a minute to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you boost the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you search for those annoying leaks?
Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these particular areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes to better insulate your home.
- Recessed lights typically 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 concern on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors typically 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 normally the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been 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 notice.
- If your home has a chimney, ensure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow.
The number of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is pretty 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 recommendations or are just looking to set up furnace service, give American HVAC Inc a call at 916-243-6714.