Before 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 losing money on your utility bills! Simply identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple DIY project that could help you save money year after year. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you look for those pesky leaks?
A great deal of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a colder home and a higher utility bill.
- Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around 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.
- Look at 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. It’s easy to 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 certain you get the most out of your annual 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 Titan Heating & Air Conditioning, we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 541-286-6617.