Before your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Just identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple DIY project that could help you save money season after season. After 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 check for those pesky leaks?
A good deal of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a colder home and a higher utility bill.
- Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in 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 around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. It’s easy to 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 ensure you get the most out of your preventive furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Brogan Heating & AC Inc, 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 507-218-0088.