Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Plainfield Home10/21/2015 Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Merely 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 year after year. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than enhancing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you look for those pesky leaks? The attic. A good deal of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill. Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around your home. Many people 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. Check your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it. Inspect the caulking surrounding all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to fill 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 big advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At PWA Heating & Cooling Inc, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 815-768-6656 or schedule an appointment online.