Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Middletown Home10/21/2015 Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be throwing money out the window! Just identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money for years to come. When all your 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 improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you search for those annoying leaks? The attic. A lot of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate: 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. A lot of people overlook them and they can let a considerable 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 thwart 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 huge advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Schagrin Gas Company, we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 302-658-2000 or schedule an appointment online.