Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Moline Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a minute to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these particular 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 affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting 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 already sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the issue on unsealed lights. Attic access doors usually 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 enter 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 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 openings you uncover. If your home has a chimney, be sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 309-762-3641 or schedule an appointment online.