Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Hendersonville Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a moment to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically 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, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase the benefits 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 irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these specific areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly affecting 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 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 usually the chief 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. Check 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 gaps you uncover. If your home has a chimney, be sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list 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 Superior Comfort Systems a call at 828-775-5176 or schedule an appointment online.