Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Pacheco Home10/21/2015 As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a moment to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way 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 all year. Plus, it can help you increase the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these specific areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps to better insulate your home. Recessed lights typically have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the problem on unsealed lights. Attic access doors normally 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 key culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Check the perimeter 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 uncover. If your home has a chimney, make sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent 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 recommendations we’ve outlined, you can probably make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Clean Air HVAC a call at 925-689-7017 or schedule an appointment online.