Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Baltimore 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 sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Just identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be an easy DIY project that could help you save money year after year. By sealing these leaks, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you look for those pesky 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, 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 around your home. Many 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 surrounding all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to prevent 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 Quality Refrigeration, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 410-355-6010 or schedule an appointment online.