Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Columbia Home10/21/2015 As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, 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 taken a walk around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to put up with, but there is a great portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these specific areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly 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 holes to better insulate your home. Recessed lights usually have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the concern on unsealed lights. Attic access doors usually 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 normally the chief 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 notice. If your home has a chimney, be sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow. The number 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 probably 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 Watts Electric & A/C Inc a call at 601-736-7362 or schedule an appointment online.