Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Madera 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 make your furnace less efficient. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Merely identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money year after year. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than enhancing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you search for those annoying leaks? The attic. A lot of air can slip 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 less comfortable home and a higher utility bill. Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. A lot of people overlook them and they can let a considerable amount of heat escape. Any openings into your house. A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors. Look at 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. Just use a caulking gun to seal 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 ensure you get the most out of your regular 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 Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc., we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 559-675-1681 or schedule an appointment online.