Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Wisconsin Rapids Home10/21/2015 As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle with, but there is a significant portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you maximize 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 annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak 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 holes 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 already sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the issue on unsealed lights. Attic access doors normally 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 enter in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are usually the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. View the perimeter 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, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The variety 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 list we’ve outlined, you can potentially 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 Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc a call at 715-421-5555 or schedule an appointment online.