Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Des Moines Home

October 21, 2015

Prior to 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 losing money on your utility bills! Just identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings.

Repairing many cracks and leaks can be an easy DIY project that could help you save money for years to come. By sealing these leaks, 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 search for those annoying leaks? 

The attic.

A great deal of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate:

  • Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill.
  • Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. A lot of 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 on all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to seal any holes you notice.
  • Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to thwart air from escaping.

There are so many ways to ensure you get the most out of your regular 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 Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling, we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 515-207-6569.