Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Portland Metro Home10/21/2015 Ahead of your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Merely identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple 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 anything better than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you search for those annoying leaks? The attic. A great deal of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate: 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. Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping throughout your home. A lot of 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 around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply use a caulking gun to fill 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 make sure you get the most out of your annual furnace service, but following this list will give you a great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Central Air Inc, we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 503-656-1908 or schedule an appointment online.