Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Excelsior Springs Home10/21/2015 As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a second to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to deal with, but there is a great portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you increase the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these specific areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities 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 take care of the problem on unsealed lights. Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you swap out 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 is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. View 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 holes you find. If your home has a chimney, make sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow. The variety 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 possibly 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 Colvin's Inc a call at 816-630-2702 or schedule an appointment online.