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

October 21, 2015

As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a minute to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to deal with, but there is a large portion of money slipping 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 year-round. Plus, it can help you increase 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 look for those irritating leaks? 

The attic.

Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these particular 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 considerably affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps 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 already sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the problem 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 get in to your attic.

All house openings.

Windows and doors are usually 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 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 gaps 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 number 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 recommendations 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 Watts Electric & A/C Inc a call at 601-736-7362.