Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Napoleon and Northwest Ohio Home10/21/2015 Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Just identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money season after season. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you look for those irritating leaks? The attic. A lot of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill. Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around your home. It’s not uncommon for people to overlook them and they can let a substantial 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. Just 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 Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc., we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 419-592-4756 or schedule an appointment online.