Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Holdrege Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a second to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you boost the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these specific areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the issue 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 enter in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are typically the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Look at the border 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 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 variety 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 recommendations we’ve outlined, you can potentially 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 Durable Service a call at 308-995-8177 or schedule an appointment online.