Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. 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 an easy DIY project that could help you save money season after season. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you look for those pesky leaks?
A great deal of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a chillier home and a higher utility bill.
- Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around 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.
- 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. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to seal 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 certain you get the most out of your preventive furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Farris Heating & Air, 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 918-333-0376.