Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your McMurray Home10/21/2015 As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a second 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 checked 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, the majority 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 benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those annoying 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 can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably diminishing 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 concern on unsealed lights. Attic access doors normally 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 main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to make 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 perimeter 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 notice. If your home has a chimney, make sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block 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 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 Kowalski Heating & Cooling a call at 724-745-7404 or schedule an appointment online.