Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Auburn Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a minute to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to put up with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping 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 increase the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you look for those annoying 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 may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly impacting 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 typically have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come already sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the problem on unsealed lights. Attic access doors typically 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 enter in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are normally 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. Look at 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 holes you find. If your home has a chimney, make sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow. The number of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is awfully long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips 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 Forster Heating a call at 530-885-8081 or schedule an appointment online.