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

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As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a minute to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically 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, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses 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 check for those irritating leaks? 

The attic.

Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so view 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 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 handle the issue on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you swap out or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat enter in to your attic.

All house openings.

Windows and doors are usually the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.

  • Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Check 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 openings you uncover.
  • If your home has a chimney, make sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit 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 list we’ve outlined, you can potentially 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 Breeze Air and Heat a call at 817-864-1021.

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