Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Reeds Spring Home10/21/2015 As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this season, 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 almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these certain 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 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 gaps to better insulate your home. Recessed lights normally 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 issue on unsealed lights. Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you replace 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 normally the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Look at the perimeter 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 gaps you uncover. If your home has a chimney, make sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow. The variety of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 All Seasons Comfort Systems Inc a call at 417-739-4606 or schedule an appointment online.