Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Heflin Home

As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a second to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. 

However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. 

So where should you check for those irritating leaks? 

The attic.

Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these specific areas while up in your attic:

  • Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities to better insulate your home.
  • Recessed lights typically have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come already sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the problem on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you replace or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat get in to your attic.

All house openings.

Windows and doors are usually the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.

  • Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Look at the edge of all of your home’s windows, both in and outdoor, inspecting the caulking. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice.
  • If your home has a chimney, be sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow.

The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list we’ve outlined, you can possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc a call at 256-270-1196.

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