Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Macon Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a moment to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout 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 deal with, but there is a significant portion of money finding its way 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 year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you look for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these specific areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably affecting 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 usually have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the issue on unsealed lights. Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you change 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 typically the main 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 find. If your home has a chimney, make sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit 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 recommendations we’ve outlined, you can potentially make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Air Temperature Control a call at 478-784-1109 or schedule an appointment online.