Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Humble Home10/21/2015 Before your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Just identifying leaks could make a vast 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. By sealing these leaks, 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 look for those irritating leaks? The attic. A good deal of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing 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 around your home. It’s not uncommon for people to overlook them and they can let a significant 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 surrounding all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply use a caulking gun to fill 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 great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Arrings A/C & Heating, we are here for you to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 281-713-8304 or schedule an appointment online.