Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Homer Glen Home10/21/2015 As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a second to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to put up with, but there is a great portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you maximize 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 look for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are known 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 sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps to better insulate your home. Recessed lights normally 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 concern on unsealed lights. Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you change or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat escape in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are typically the key culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Check 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 gaps you notice. If your home has a chimney, ensure any holes 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 awfully long, but if you take a little time to tackle the recommendations we’ve outlined, you can potentially make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these pointers or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Pinnacle HVAC LLC a call at 708-301-0170 or schedule an appointment online.