Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Manassas Park Home10/21/2015 As you prepare for your annual furnace maintenance this season, take a minute to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to put up with, but there is a great portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you increase the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially preserve more heat while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these certain areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these holes to better insulate your home. Recessed lights normally 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 issue on unsealed lights. Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you replace or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of heat enter in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are normally the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. View the border 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 holes you find. If your home has a chimney, ensure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list we’ve outlined, you can probably make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these pointers or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Woody's Sudden Service Inc a call at 703-369-5528 or schedule an appointment online.