Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Tuscaloosa Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a second 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 almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you boost the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these specific areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly 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 typically 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 replace 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 typically the main 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. 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 holes you find. If your home has a chimney, ensure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow. The number 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 recommendations or are just looking to set up furnace service, give KDM Service Corporation a call at 205-758-2703 or schedule an appointment online.