Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Augusta Home10/21/2015 As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this year, 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 gone around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to boost 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 look at these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the concern on unsealed lights. Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you swap out or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat escape in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are usually the key culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to be sure 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 holes you notice. If your home has a chimney, be sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow. The variety of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the recommendations we’ve outlined, you can possibly 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 Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 706-722-5304 or schedule an appointment online.