As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. 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 put up with, but there is a significant portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you look for those irritating leaks?
Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these particular areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle 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 enter 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 isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- View the edge 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 openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow.
The host 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 recommendations 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 Phelps Heating & Cooling a call at 270-358-3167.