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

October 21, 2015

Ahead of 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 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 relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money season after season. After leaks are sealed, 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 annoying leaks? 

The attic.

A good deal of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate:

  • Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill.
  • Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. A lot of people 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.

  • Check 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 seal any holes you notice.
  • Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to prevent air from escaping.

There are so many ways to make certain you get the most out of your annual 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 Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating 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 602-832-7808.