Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your West Valley Home10/21/2015As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a moment to consider breaking down 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 searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to put up 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 handled on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the perks 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 pesky 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 can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the issue on unsealed lights. Attic access doors normally 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 get 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. Look at 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, ensure 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 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 Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-969-7088 or schedule an appointment online.