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

October 21, 2015

As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this season, 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 nearly all homes have to put up with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping 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 throughout the year. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. 

So where should you check for those pesky leaks? 

The attic.

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

  • Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the issue on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors normally 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 normally 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 is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Check 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, ensure 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 awfully long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list 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 Marcos AC & Heating a call at 713-469-3357.