Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Orrville Home10/21/2015 As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a second to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to put up with, but there is a great portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of 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 preserve more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you look for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these certain areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly impacting 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 normally 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 take care of the concern 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 escape in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are usually the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. View 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 openings you find. If your home has a chimney, ensure 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 very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list we’ve outlined, you can potentially make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Daniel's Heating - Cooling & Electric a call at 330-821-8432 or schedule an appointment online.