Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Abilene Home10/21/2015 Before your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be throwing money out the window! Just identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money season after season. When all your leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you search for those pesky leaks? The attic. A great deal of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a colder home and a higher utility bill. Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. Many people overlook them and they can let a substantial amount of heat escape. Any openings into your house. A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors. Check your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it. Inspect the caulking around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to prevent air from escaping. There are so many ways to ensure you get the most out of your preventive 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 Abilene Air-Tech Inc, we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 325-692-5850 or schedule an appointment online.