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

October 21, 2015

Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Just identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings.

Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money for years to come. When all your leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?

So where should you look for those pesky leaks? 

The attic.

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

  • Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a colder home and a higher utility bill.
  • Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around your home. Many 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. It’s easy to 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 ensure 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 Colvin's Heating and Cooling, we are here for you to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 816-379-3918.