Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Franklin Lakes Home

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As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a second to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically 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 sealed on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you maximize the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. 

So where should you check for those annoying leaks? 

The attic.

Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these particular areas while up in your attic:

  • Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the concern on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you swap out 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 usually the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.

  • Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Check 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 openings you find.
  • If your home has a chimney, ensure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block 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 pointers or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Total Comfort a call at 201-891-1333.

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