Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Odessa Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this season, 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 taken a walk around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious 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 can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly diminishing 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 normally 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 issue on unsealed lights. Attic access doors usually 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 normally the key culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. View 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 openings you notice. If your home has a chimney, make sure any openings 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 pretty 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 Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 432-333-2208 or schedule an appointment online.