Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Merely identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple DIY project that could help you save money year after year. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than enhancing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you search for those irritating leaks?
A great deal of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill.
- Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout 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.
- Look at your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it.
- Inspect the caulking surrounding 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 preventive 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 Air-Right Energy Design, Inc., 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 703-260-1148.