Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Keokuk Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a second to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal with, but there is a great portion of money going 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 year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the benefits 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 check for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these specific 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 significantly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the problem 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 normally the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. View 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 find. If your home has a chimney, be sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit 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 tips we’ve outlined, you can possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these pointers or are just looking to set up furnace service, give WM J Kraus & Son a call at 319-524-3714 or schedule an appointment online.