As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a second to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to battle with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, almost all 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 maximize the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you check for those irritating leaks?
Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these specific areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the issue 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 enter in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are usually the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to make sure 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 edge 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, make sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow.
The variety of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is awfully 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 tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Aggressive Mechanical a call at 732-806-5536.