Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your East Peoria Home10/21/2015 Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Just identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple DIY project that could help you save money season after season. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you check for those irritating leaks? The attic. A great deal of air can slip 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 in your home. It’s not uncommon for people to 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. Check your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it. Inspect the caulking surrounding all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply use a caulking gun to seal any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to stop air from escaping. There are so many ways to make sure you get the most out of your regular furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC, we are here for you to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 309-437-2703 or schedule an appointment online.