Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Columbia Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a second to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way 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 all year. Plus, it can help you maximize the bonuses of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known 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 may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably 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 holes 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the issue on unsealed lights. Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you replace or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat get in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are normally the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Look at 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 gaps you notice. If your home has a chimney, be sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow. The number of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is awfully 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 pointers or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Alltemp Comfort Services LLC a call at 803-318-6995 or schedule an appointment online.