Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Keokuk Home10/21/2015 Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look 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 throwing money out the window! Simply identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money season after season. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you check for those annoying leaks? The attic. A good deal of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a chillier home and a higher utility bill. Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in your home. A lot of people overlook them and they can let a considerable 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 around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Just use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to stop air from escaping. There are so many ways to make sure you get the most out of your annual furnace service, but following this list will give you a huge advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At WM J Kraus & Son, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 319-524-3714 or schedule an appointment online.