Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Furnace Service in Your Chadron Home10/21/2015 Before your annual furnace service appointment, take some time to check around your home for areas that may be letting your warm air escape. Leaky doors and windows and other areas sap your furnace’s efficiency. You could be throwing money out the window! Just 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 season after season. After leaks are sealed, you’ll also get the most benefit from your annual furnace service. What could be better than increasing energy efficiency and saving money, all while making your home more comfortable? So where should you check for those irritating leaks? The attic. A great deal of air can slip out through your attic. Here are some specific areas to investigate: Stud cavities could be open or uninsulated, permitting 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. It’s not uncommon for people to overlook them and they can let a substantial amount of heat escape. Any openings into your house. A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors. Look at 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. 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 prevent air from escaping. There are so many ways to make sure 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 MPC Heating & Cooling, we are happy to answer your questions about these tips. And, if you need to set up a furnace service appointment, give us a call at 308-432-5301 or schedule an appointment online.