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

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As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to deal with, but there is a large portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. 

However, most 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 boost energy efficiency and your comfort. 

So where should you look for those irritating leaks? 

The attic.

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

  • Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly 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 typically have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come already sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the concern on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors usually 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 escape in to your attic.

All house openings.

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

  • Check to make 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 edge 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 find.
  • If your home has a chimney, make sure 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 awfully 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 pointers or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Premium Air Services LLC a call at 713-688-8784.

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