Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Redford Home10/21/2015 As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a second to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of 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 preserve more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these specific areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities to better insulate your home. Recessed lights normally 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 typically 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 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 is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Check 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 openings you notice. If your home has a chimney, make 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 tips 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 Airtronic Heating & Cooling a call at 313-537-8111 or schedule an appointment online.