Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Lexington Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a moment to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a large 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 year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the benefits 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 pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are well-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 could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly impacting 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the issue 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 typically the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Check the edge 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 gaps you find. If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The host 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 tips we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc a call at 336-853-6070 or schedule an appointment online.