Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Florissant Home10/21/2015 As you prepare 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 looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal with, but there is a great portion of money slipping 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 throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these certain 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 considerably 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 normally 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 take care of the issue on unsealed lights. Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you swap out 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 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 isn’t 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 openings you find. If your home has a chimney, make sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The number of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list 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 B & B Heating & Cooling a call at 314-838-9800 or schedule an appointment online.