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

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Before your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be throwing money out the window! Just identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings.

Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money year after year. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable?

So where should you look for those irritating leaks? 

The attic.

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

  • Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a chillier home and a higher utility bill.
  • Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around your home. It’s not uncommon for people to overlook them and they can let a significant 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. Just use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice.
  • Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to stop air from escaping.

There are so many ways to make sure you get the most out of your preventive 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 Central Heating & Plumbing, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 724-401-1843.

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