Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Baltimore Home10/21/2015 As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a second to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping 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 year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the benefits of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you look for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these certain areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home may 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 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 normally 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 take care of the problem on unsealed lights. Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you replace or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat escape in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are typically the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Look at 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 openings you notice. If your home has a chimney, be sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow. The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips we’ve outlined, you can possibly 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 Quality Refrigeration a call at 410-355-6010 or schedule an appointment online.