Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Rocky Mount Home10/21/2015 As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a moment to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to put up with, but there is a large portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you boost the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you look for those irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak 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 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the problem on unsealed lights. Attic access doors typically 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 key culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Look at 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 notice. If your home has a chimney, make sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent 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 recommendations 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 Davis Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 540-483-5605 or schedule an appointment online.