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

As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. 

However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you maximize the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. 

So where should you search for those pesky 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 could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you want 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the issue on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you swap out 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 normally the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.

  • Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Check the border 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 gaps you uncover.
  • If your home has a chimney, make sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow.

The variety of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the recommendations we’ve outlined, you can potentially make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Climate Control Systems a call at 828-283-0369.

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