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

October 21, 2015

Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Just identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings.

Repairing many cracks and leaks can be an easy DIY project that could help you save money for years to come. After leaks are sealed, 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 search for those pesky leaks? 

The attic.

A good deal of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at:

  • Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a chillier home and a higher utility bill.
  • Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. Many people overlook them and they can let a considerable amount of heat escape.

Any openings into your house.

A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors.

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

There are so many ways to make certain you get the most out of your preventive furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Home Comfort Heating & Air, we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 763-276-0617.