Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Midlothian Home10/21/2015 Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Just identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple DIY project that could help you save money season after season. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you search for those irritating leaks? The attic. A lot of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill. Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. It’s not uncommon for people to overlook them and they can let a substantial amount of heat escape. Any openings into your house. A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors. Look at your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it. Inspect the caulking surrounding all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to thwart air from escaping. There are so many ways to ensure you get the most out of your preventive furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp., we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 804-372-0313 or schedule an appointment online.