Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Lexington Home10/21/2015 Prior to 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 make your furnace less efficient. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Merely 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 season after season. When all your leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario than enhancing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you check for those pesky leaks? The attic. A great deal of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing 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. Many people overlook them and they can let a considerable 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. Just use a caulking gun to fill any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to prevent air from escaping. There are so many ways to ensure you get the most out of your annual furnace service, but following this list will give you a big advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At James Heating & A/C, Inc, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 336-853-6070 or schedule an appointment online.