Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Minocqua Home10/21/2015 As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a second to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a great portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you increase the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you look for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these certain areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities to better insulate your home. Recessed lights typically 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 handle the problem on unsealed lights. Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you change 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 main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. View 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 openings you notice. If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow. The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips we’ve outlined, you can probably make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Danco Heating & Cooling a call at 715-356-7000 or schedule an appointment online.