Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Colfax Home10/21/2015 Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be throwing money out the window! 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 year after year. After 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 annoying leaks? The attic. A good deal of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill. Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. A lot of people 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. 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. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to thwart air from escaping. There are so many ways to make sure 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 Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning, 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 509-397-3622 or schedule an appointment online.