Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Englewood Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a minute to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you maximize 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 pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these particular 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 considerably impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you want 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 already sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the concern 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 escape in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are usually the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to be 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 edge 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, 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 TemperaturePro® a call at 720-446-5100 or schedule an appointment online.