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 throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to put up with, but there is a great portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, almost all 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 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 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 want 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 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 problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you replace 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 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 holes you uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, ensure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent 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 recommendations we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 209-257-3156.