Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your West Columbia Home10/21/2015 Before your annual furnace service appointment, take time to look around your home for areas that may be responsible for escaped warm air. Leaky doors and windows and other areas make your furnace less efficient. You could be letting money fly out the door, literally! Merely identifying leaks could make a big difference in your energy savings. Repairing many cracks and leaks can be an easy DIY project that could help you save money year after year. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. Can you think of anything better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you check for those pesky leaks? The attic. A good deal of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, allowing 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 in your home. Many people overlook them and they can let a considerable 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 on all of your windows, checking both inside and outside. Simply use a caulking gun to plug any holes you notice. Cover any gaps around your chimney and flue (if you have a chimney) to thwart 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 great advantage. You’ll be more comfortable and your home will be more efficient. At Tri City Fuel & Heating 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 803-796-9172 or schedule an appointment online.