Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Rapid City Home10/21/2015 Before your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be losing money on your utility bills! Just identifying leaks could make a huge difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money year after year. When all your leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of a better HVAC-related scenario than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you look for those pesky leaks? The attic. A good 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 colder home and a higher utility bill. Don’t forget your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping around your home. Many people overlook them and they can let a substantial 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 around all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Just use a caulking gun to plug 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 huge advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc, we can to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you’re ready to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 605-342-5107 or schedule an appointment online.