Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! 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 year after year. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than enhancing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you check for those pesky leaks?
A lot of air can leak 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 chillier home and a higher utility bill.
- Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in your home. Many 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.
- Inspect your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it.
- Inspect the caulking on all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Just use a caulking gun to fill any holes you notice.
- Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to thwart air from escaping.
There are so many ways to make sure you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a big advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Stieferman Heating Company Inc, 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 573-635-3547.