Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Simply identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be an easy DIY project that could help you save money for years to come. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you look for those pesky leaks?
A great deal of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill.
- Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around your home. Many people overlook them and they can let a significant amount of heat escape.
Any openings into your house.
A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors.
- Look at your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it.
- Inspect the caulking surrounding all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply use a caulking gun to fill any holes you notice.
- Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to prevent air from escaping.
There are so many ways to make certain you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a huge advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Precision Mechanical, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 605-206-3766.