As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a moment to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal with, but there is a large portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks 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 check for those annoying leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these specific areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly 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 cavities 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 take care of the issue on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors normally 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 in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are usually the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- View 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 find.
- If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block 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 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 J.L. Brady Company LLC a call at 309-517-7511.