Before your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Just identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings.
Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money for years to come. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?
So where should you check for those annoying leaks?
A great deal of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check:
- Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a colder 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 significant 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 plug 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 make sure you get the most out of your regular 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc., we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 503-374-1934.