Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Lawrence Home10/21/2015 Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look 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 throwing money out the window! 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 for years to come. By sealing these leaks, 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 search for those pesky leaks? The attic. A good deal of air can leak out 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 less comfortable home and a higher utility bill. Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. Many people 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. 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. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to plug 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 Scott Temperature, we are here for you to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 785-843-2244 or schedule an appointment online.