Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Crystal Lake Home10/21/2015 As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a moment to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to put up with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, most 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 bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes 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 pre-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 replace 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 normally the key culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t 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 holes you find. 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 very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list we’ve outlined, you can possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Campbell's Tempracure a call at 815-788-6283 or schedule an appointment online.