Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Plover Home10/21/2015 Prior to 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 make your furnace less efficient. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Just identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple 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. What could be better than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you search for those pesky 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 chillier home and a higher utility bill. Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. Many people 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 on all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply 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 make sure 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 Point 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 715-345-1979 or schedule an appointment online.