Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Utica Home10/21/2015 Before your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Simply 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 year after year. 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 look for those annoying leaks? The attic. A lot of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting 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 around 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. Inspect your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it. Inspect the caulking surrounding all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Just use a caulking gun to fill 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 certain you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Main Heating & Cooling, Inc., we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 586-731-0950 or schedule an appointment online.