Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Charlottesville Home10/21/2015 Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Just identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple DIY project that could help you save money year after year. When all your 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 irritating leaks? The attic. A good deal of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a chillier home and a higher utility bill. Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. It’s not uncommon for people to 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 plug any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to thwart air from escaping. There are so many ways to make sure you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a big advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Beck Cohen, we are here for you to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 434-296-0129 or schedule an appointment online.