As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. 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 put up with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping 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 benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you search for those pesky leaks?
Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these certain areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly affecting 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 usually have vents that open in to 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 problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors typically 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 escape in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are normally the key 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.
- Check 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 openings you find.
- If your home has a chimney, be sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow.
The variety 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 possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Olde Towne Heating & Air a call at 843-485-0967.