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Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Great Falls Home

As you prep for your annual furnace maintenance this year, take a second to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle 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 handled on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase the perks of your annual furnace service too, helping you potentially hold on to more heat while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. 

So where should you look for those irritating 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 may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly 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 cavities to better insulate your home.
  • Recessed lights typically have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for heat loss. Make sure your lights come previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the problem 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 get in to your attic.

All house openings.

Windows and doors are typically the chief culprits for lost heat, and rightfully so.

  • Check to be sure 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 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 gaps you notice.
  • If your home has a chimney, be sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit 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 recommendations we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 Falls Mechanical Services LLC a call at 406-761-7283 or schedule an appointment online.