Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Utica Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a minute to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you maximize the bonuses 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 look for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these certain areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably 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 cavities 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the issue 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 normally 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 hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Check 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 gaps you uncover. If your home has a chimney, make sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow. The number 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 possibly 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 Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. a call at 586-731-0950 or schedule an appointment online.