Before 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 lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Just identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick 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 check for those pesky leaks?
A good deal of air can slip out 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 chillier home and a higher utility bill.
- Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in your home. Many people overlook them and they can let a considerable 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 on 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 big advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Brandon Heating and Plumbing, we are here for you to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 204-728-0180.