Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Ridgedale and the Branson area Home10/21/2015 As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a second to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a significant portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you boost the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you look for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these specific areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities to better insulate your home. Recessed lights usually 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 handle the problem on unsealed lights. Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you change 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 usually the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. View the border 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 find. If your home has a chimney, ensure any gaps 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 pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the recommendations we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 Branson HVAC, LLC a call at 417-544-4430 or schedule an appointment online.