Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Ontario Home10/21/2015 Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check 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 throwing money out the window! Merely identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a simple DIY project that could help you save money year after year. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you look for those irritating leaks? The attic. A great deal of air can escape through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate: 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. Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around 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 on all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. It’s easy to use a caulking gun to seal 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 certain you get the most out of your preventive furnace service, but following this list will give you a huge advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Stan's Heating, Inc , 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 541-889-3987 or schedule an appointment online.