Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Humble Home10/21/2015 Before your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Merely identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple DIY project that could help you save money for years to come. When all your leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than increasing 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 chillier 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 make sure you get the most out of your annual furnace service, but following this list will give you a huge advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Air Houston Mechanical LLC, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 832-777-1521 or schedule an appointment online.