Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be throwing money out the window! Merely identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be an easy DIY project that could help you save money season after season. When all your leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you look for those annoying leaks?
A lot of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a chillier home and a higher utility bill.
- Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around your home. A lot of 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. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to plug 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 ensure you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a big advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Clean Air HVAC, we are here for you to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 925-233-6238.