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

As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a moment to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to put up with, but there is a significant portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. 

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

So where should you search for those annoying leaks? 

The attic.

Attics are well-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 leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes to better insulate your home.
  • Recessed lights usually 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 concern on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors normally 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 escape in to your attic.

All house openings.

Windows and doors are normally the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.

  • Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Look at the perimeter 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 find.
  • If your home has a chimney, be sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent 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 probably 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 Hopper Heating and Air a call at 704-233-7363.

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