Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Chatsworth Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a moment to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money finding its way 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 boost the bonuses 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 irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak 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 holes 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 already sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle 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 enter in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are typically the main 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. Look at 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 uncover. If your home has a chimney, make sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow. The number 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 recommendations we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 True Temp Heating & Air Inc a call at 706-695-7492 or schedule an appointment online.