Before your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be throwing money out the window! Simply identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money season after season. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you check for those annoying leaks?
A great deal of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill.
- Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in your home. A lot of people overlook them and they can let a significant amount of heat escape.
Any openings into your house.
A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors.
- Check your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it.
- Inspect the caulking surrounding all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Just use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice.
- Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to stop air from escaping.
There are so many ways to make sure you get the most out of your annual furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At KDM Service Corporation, we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 205-208-8090.