As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a second to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to put up with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you search for those irritating leaks?
Attics are well-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 could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly affecting 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 usually have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come already sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you replace 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 typically the key culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- View 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 notice.
- If your home has a chimney, make sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.
The host 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 recommendations or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc a call at 715-301-0256.