Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Carson City Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a moment to consider adding up 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 put up with, but there is a great portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed 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 boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you look for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these certain 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 considerably impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the concern on unsealed lights. Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you replace or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat escape in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are usually the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Check the perimeter 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 find. If your home has a chimney, be sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The variety 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 potentially 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 Anderson Heating & A/C a call at 775-882-8154 or schedule an appointment online.