Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Bishop Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a minute to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant 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 taken care of on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you boost the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these specific areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak 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 pre-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 get in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are typically the key culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not 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, make sure any openings 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 pretty 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 recommendations or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 760-784-9034 or schedule an appointment online.