Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Tuscaloosa Home

As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a moment to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. 

However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you boost the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. 

So where should you check for those annoying leaks? 

The attic.

Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these certain areas while up in your attic:

  • Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities to better insulate your home.
  • Recessed lights normally 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 handle the problem on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors typically 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 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.
  • Look at the perimeter 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 gaps you find.
  • If your home has a chimney, ensure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow.

The variety 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 tips 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 KDM Service Corporation a call at 205-208-8090.

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