Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Merely identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be an easy 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 search 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 chillier home and a higher utility bill.
- Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout 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 surrounding 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 prevent air from escaping.
There are so many ways to make sure you get the most out of your preventive furnace service, but following this list will give you a huge advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Miller Climate Control LLC, we are here for you to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 512-937-2001.