As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a moment to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you search for those irritating leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these certain 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 impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the issue on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you replace or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat get in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are usually 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 is not 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 uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, ensure any holes 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 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 Stanford Heating & Cooling a call at 812-825-8695.