Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Beaverton Home10/21/2015 As you get ready for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a minute to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. 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 slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you boost the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially retain more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these certain areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these gaps to better insulate your home. Recessed lights usually 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 handle the issue on unsealed lights. Attic access doors usually 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 usually the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Look at 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 notice. If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow. The variety 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 potentially 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc. a call at 503-848-3838 or schedule an appointment online.