Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Bloomington Home10/21/2015 As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and checked 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 finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of 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 improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view 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 want 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the concern on unsealed lights. Attic access doors usually 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 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. Look at the border 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 uncover. If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow. The host 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 probably 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 All Seasons Heating & A/C Co a call at 812-332-9100 or schedule an appointment online.