As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a moment to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you boost the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you check for those annoying leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these particular areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home can 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 would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes 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 already sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the issue on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors normally 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 normally the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- Check 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 awfully long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips we’ve outlined, you can possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up furnace service, give M & S Heating & Air LLC a call at 301-363-4699.