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

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As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to battle with, but there is a significant portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. 

However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks 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 annoying leaks? 

The attic.

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

  • Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes to better insulate your home.
  • Recessed lights usually have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the concern 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 enter in to your attic.

All house openings.

Windows and doors are typically the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.

  • Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Look at 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 holes you notice.
  • If your home has a chimney, ensure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit 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 recommendations we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 C&C Refrigeration Inc. a call at 972-938-0033.

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