Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Plover Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a moment to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you increase the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those pesky 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 get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes to better insulate your home. Recessed lights usually have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come already sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the problem on unsealed lights. Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you change 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 typically the key culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to be sure 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 holes you uncover. If your home has a chimney, make sure any openings 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 awfully long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips we’ve outlined, you can probably make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Point Heating & Cooling a call at 715-345-1979 or schedule an appointment online.