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

As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a second to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost 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 all year. Plus, it can help you boost the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. 

So where should you search for those pesky leaks? 

The attic.

Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these particular areas while up in your attic:

  • Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities to better insulate your home.
  • Recessed lights typically 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 handle the problem on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you replace 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 be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • View 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 gaps you notice.
  • If your home has a chimney, make sure any openings 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 awfully long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips we’ve outlined, you can potentially make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Tri County Air Care LLC a call at 469-213-8367.

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