Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your McHenry Home10/21/2015 Before your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be throwing money out the window! Simply 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. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario than enhancing 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 leak out 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 chillier home and a higher utility bill. Take into account 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 significant 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 on all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply use a caulking gun to fill any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to stop air from escaping. There are so many ways to ensure you get the most out of your preventive furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Jett's Heating & Air Inc., 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 815-459-4700 or schedule an appointment online.