Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Williamsport Home10/21/2015 Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Merely 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 season after season. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario than enhancing 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 escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a chillier 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 significant 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 around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. It’s easy to 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 ensure you get the most out of your preventive furnace service, but following this list will give you a big advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Lycoming Heating 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 570-326-4450 or schedule an appointment online.