Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your West Valley 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 throwing money out the window! Just identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money for years to come. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you search for those pesky leaks? The attic. A good deal of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting 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. Many people overlook them and they can let a considerable amount of heat escape. Any openings into your house. A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors. Look at 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 seal any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to prevent air from escaping. There are so many ways to ensure you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 801-305-4777 or schedule an appointment online.