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

October 21, 2015

Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be throwing money out the window! Merely identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings.

Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money season after season. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than enhancing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?

So where should you check for those irritating leaks? 

The attic.

A great deal of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at:

  • Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill.
  • Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in your home. It’s not uncommon for people to overlook them and they can let a substantial amount of heat escape.

Any openings into your house.

A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors.

  • Inspect your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it.
  • Inspect the caulking around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice.
  • Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to prevent air from escaping.

There are so many ways to make certain you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a big advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At B & G HVAC, we are here for you to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 641-323-1210.