Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Greencastle Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled 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 retain more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you look for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps to better insulate your home. Recessed lights typically have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come already sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the problem on unsealed lights. Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you replace 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 usually the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Check 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 holes you notice. If your home has a chimney, be sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow. The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is awfully long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 Premier HVAC Services LLC a call at 717-597-9900 or schedule an appointment online.