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

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As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a second to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle with, but there is a large 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 throughout the year. Plus, it can help you boost the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to boost 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 particular areas while up in your attic:

  • Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the concern on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you change 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 ensure 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 holes you notice.
  • If your home has a chimney, make sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow.

The variety 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 Boyles Mechanical LLC a call at 866-326-9537.

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