As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a second to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant 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 throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you look for those irritating leaks?
Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these certain areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps to better insulate your home.
- Recessed lights usually 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 handle the problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually 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 escape in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are typically the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to make sure 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 openings you uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, make sure any holes 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 awfully long, but if you take a little time to tackle the recommendations we’ve outlined, you can potentially 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 Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 734-363-8907.