Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Richardson Home10/21/2015 As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a moment to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money going 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 boost 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 pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably diminishing 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 handle the problem 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 normally the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. View 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 openings you notice. If your home has a chimney, be sure 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 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 Hammack Service Company a call at 972-669-9192 or schedule an appointment online.