Before your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be throwing money out the window! Merely identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple DIY project that could help you save money season after season. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you check for those annoying leaks?
A lot of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill.
- Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in your home. A lot of people overlook them and they can let a substantial 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 around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Just use a caulking gun to seal 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 ensure you get the most out of your preventive 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 Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 801-305-4777.