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

As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this season, 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 searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to deal with, but there is a large portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. 

However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. 

So where should you look for those annoying leaks? 

The attic.

Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these particular areas while up in your attic:

  • Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly impacting 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 normally 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 take care of the concern on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors usually 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 normally the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.

  • Check to ensure 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, be sure any gaps 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 very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list we’ve outlined, you can possibly 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 Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 308-624-3485.

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