As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a moment to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you look for those pesky leaks?
Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these particular areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the concern on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually 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 escape in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are usually the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not 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 holes you uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, make sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow.
The number of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list we’ve outlined, you can possibly 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 Uptown Heating & Cooling a call at 614-344-6949.