Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Ronkonkoma 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 almost all homes have to put up with, but there is a great portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual furnace service, make sure you fill these cavities 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 change 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 typically the main culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so. Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not 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 gaps you find. If your home has a chimney, make sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The number of ways you can get the most out of your annual furnace service dollars is very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the recommendations we’ve outlined, you can possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up furnace service, give Cool Power LLC a call at 631-360-2665 or schedule an appointment online.