Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Hattiesburg Home10/21/2015 As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this winter, take a moment to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to put up with, but there is a significant portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly diminishing 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 typically 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 solve the concern on unsealed lights. Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you swap out 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 normally the key culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Check the edge 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 find. 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 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 tips or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 601-268-3486 or schedule an appointment online.