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

October 21, 2015

Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be throwing money out the window! Merely identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings.

Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple DIY project that could help you save money for years to come. 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 increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?

So where should you search for those irritating leaks? 

The attic.

A lot of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check:

  • 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.
  • Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. It’s not uncommon for people to 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.

  • Inspect 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. Simply 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 ensure you get the most out of your regular 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 Bon Air Service Company, we are here for you to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 972-332-1028.