As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a second to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant portion of the money going 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 boost 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 look for those annoying leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these specific areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly diminishing 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 into the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come already sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the issue on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you change or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat get into your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are usually the main 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.
- Look at the perimeter of all of your home’s windows, both inside and outdoors, inspecting the caulking. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to plug any openings you uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent airflow.
The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list 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 Air Houston Mechanical LLC a call at (832) 957-9332.