Ahead of 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 sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be losing money on your utility bills! 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. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you look for those annoying leaks?
A great deal of air can escape 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 colder home and a higher utility bill.
- Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around your home. A lot of 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.
- Inspect 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 seal any holes you notice.
- Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to prevent 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 Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., 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 303-452-4146.