Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Merely 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 a better HVAC-related scenario than enhancing 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 escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing 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 considerable amount of heat escape.
Any openings into your house.
A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors.
- Check your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it.
- Inspect the caulking on all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to fill any holes you notice.
- Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to stop air from escaping.
There are so many ways to make certain 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 Air Service Co., we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 918-212-8943.