As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a minute to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to put up with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping 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 maximize the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you search for those pesky leaks?
Attics are well-known 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 sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably affecting 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the issue on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually 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 enter in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are normally the key 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 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 gaps you uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, be sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow.
The number 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 list 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 Dave's Diversified Services a call at 540-369-3971.