Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Beaverton Home10/21/2015 Prior to your annual furnace service appointment, spend a little time checking around your home for areas that may be leaking warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas lower the efficiency of your furnace. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Just identifying leaks could make a vast difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be a relatively quick DIY project that could help you save money for years to come. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than improving energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you check for those pesky leaks? The attic. A great deal of air can leak out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to look at: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting air to easily leak out. You’ll wind up with a chillier home and a higher utility bill. Take into account your attic access doors when you replace or install weatherstripping in your home. Many people overlook them and they can let a significant amount of heat escape. Any openings into your house. A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors. Check your weatherstripping. If it’s cracked or torn, it’s time to replace it. Inspect the caulking surrounding 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 stop air from escaping. There are so many ways to make sure you get the most out of your regular 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 Garoken Energy Co. 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 503-848-3838 or schedule an appointment online.