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

As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to put up with, but there is a significant portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. 

However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. 

So where should you check for those pesky leaks? 

The attic.

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

  • Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly 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 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve 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 escape in to your attic.

All house openings.

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

  • Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not 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 uncover.
  • If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.

The number of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips we’ve outlined, you can possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Mustang Mechanical a call at 972-445-9504.

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