Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Abilene Home10/21/2015 As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a moment to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping 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 perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these specific 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 greatly impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities to better insulate your home. Recessed lights usually 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 solve the issue on unsealed lights. Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you swap out 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 normally the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. View 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, be sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The host 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 possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Abilene Air-Tech Inc a call at 325-692-5850 or schedule an appointment online.