Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Carson City Home10/21/2015 Before your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Just identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money year after year. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you look for those pesky leaks? The attic. A lot of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill. Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around 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 surrounding 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 thwart air from escaping. There are so many ways to ensure you get the most out of your preventive furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Anderson Heating & A/C, we are here for you to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 775-230-7628 or schedule an appointment online.