Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Marshall Home10/21/2015 Before your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Merely 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. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you check for those irritating leaks? The attic. A good deal of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to check: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a colder home and a higher utility bill. Remember your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in 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. Inspect your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it. Inspect the caulking on all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply use a caulking gun to seal 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 certain you get the most out of your annual 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 All Elements Heating & Air LLC, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 903-702-3941 or schedule an appointment online.