Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Pacheco Home10/21/2015 Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! 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 for years to come. When all your 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 enhancing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you search for those annoying leaks? The attic. A good deal of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate: 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. Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. A lot of people 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. Inspect 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. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to fill 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 regular 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 Clean Air HVAC, we are here for you to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 925-689-7017 or schedule an appointment online.