Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Ballwin Home10/21/2015 Before 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 losing money on your utility bills! Merely identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be an easy DIY project that could help you save money year after year. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you check for those annoying leaks? The attic. A lot of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a colder home and a higher utility bill. Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in your home. A lot of people overlook them and they can let a substantial 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 on all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Just use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to stop air from escaping. There are so many ways to make certain you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a huge advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Holiday Heating & Air Conditioning, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 636-206-4250 or schedule an appointment online.