As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a second to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you search for those pesky leaks?
Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these certain areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps to better insulate your home.
- Recessed lights typically have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come previously 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 change or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat enter in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are normally the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- Check the border 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 openings you uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, be sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow.
The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the recommendations we’ve outlined, you can potentially make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Kapaun & Brown Inc. a call at 641-812-2028.