Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Olathe Home10/21/2015 As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a moment to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to put up with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the concern on unsealed lights. Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you swap out or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat enter 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. Look at the border 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 gaps you notice. If your home has a chimney, be sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The number 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 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 Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 913-432-3342 or schedule an appointment online.