Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be throwing money out the window! Simply identifying leaks could make a vast 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. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you look for those irritating leaks?
A lot of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a colder home and a higher utility bill.
- Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around your home. It’s not uncommon for people to overlook them and they can let a significant 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 make sure you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a big advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 309-323-9584.