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

As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a second 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 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 taken care of on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase 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 look 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 get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities to better insulate your home.
  • Recessed lights usually 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 handle the issue 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 get in to your attic.

All house openings.

Windows and doors are normally the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.

  • Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Check the border 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 openings you uncover.
  • If your home has a chimney, be sure any holes 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 pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips 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 ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc a call at 337-335-0992 or schedule an appointment online.