Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. 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 a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money for years to come. When all your leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything 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 great deal 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 colder home and a higher utility bill.
- Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in your home. Many people overlook them and they can let a substantial amount of heat escape.
Any openings into your house.
A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors.
- Check 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. Simply use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice.
- Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to stop 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 huge advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, 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 432-237-0168.