As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a minute to consider calculating 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 searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant portion of money going 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 throughout the year. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you check for those pesky leaks?
Attics are notorious 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 significantly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the concern on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you swap out 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 typically the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.
- Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been 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 holes you find.
- If your home has a chimney, ensure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.
The variety 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 Edington Heating & Cooling Inc a call at 937-558-9478.