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

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Before your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Simply identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings.

Repairing many cracks and leaks can be an easy DIY project that could help you save money year after year. When all your leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than enhancing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?

So where should you check for those annoying leaks? 

The attic.

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

  • Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting 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 in your home. A lot of people overlook them and they can let a substantial amount of heat escape.

Any openings into your house.

A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors.

  • Look at your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it.
  • Inspect the caulking around 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 prevent air from escaping.

There are so many ways to make certain you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a huge advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., 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 949-204-0859.

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