Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Cedar Rapids Home10/21/2015 Before your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Simply 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. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you check for those irritating leaks? The attic. A lot of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, letting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a less comfortable home and a higher utility bill. Remember 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 considerable amount of heat escape. Any openings into your house. A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors. Inspect 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 seal 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 make certain you get the most out of your preventive 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 Ilten's Incorporated, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if it’s time to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 319-363-0283 or schedule an appointment online.