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

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As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a moment to consider breaking down 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 searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to put up with, but there is a great 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 throughout the 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 boost energy efficiency and your comfort. 

So where should you search for those annoying leaks? 

The attic.

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

  • Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities to better insulate your home.
  • Recessed lights normally have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the concern on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you change 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 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 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 holes you notice.
  • If your home has a chimney, be sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow.

The number 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 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 Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. a call at 862-345-6896.

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