Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Hamilton Home10/21/2015 As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, 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 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 significant 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 all year. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks 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 check for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes 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 already sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the concern 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 normally the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Check the edge 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 openings 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 very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list we’ve outlined, you can potentially 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 Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC a call at 513-275-3601 or schedule an appointment online.