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

Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Simply identifying leaks could make a big 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. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario 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 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, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a colder home and a higher utility bill.
  • Take into account 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 significant 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 on all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Just use a caulking gun to fill any holes you notice.
  • Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to stop air from escaping.

There are so many ways to make sure you get the most out of your preventive 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 Jett's Heating & Air Inc., we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 815-410-1128.

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