Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Bishop Home10/21/2015 Ahead of 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 lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Just identifying leaks could make a big 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. What could be better than enhancing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you check for those annoying leaks? The attic. A great deal of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a chillier home and a higher utility bill. Take into account 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 around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to thwart 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 Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 760-784-9034 or schedule an appointment online.