As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you search for those annoying leaks?
Attics are 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 could 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 would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities to better insulate your home.
- Recessed lights normally 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 take care of the concern on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you swap out or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat get in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are typically 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 isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- Look at 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, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block 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 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 Davis Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 540-369-3790.