As you prep for your annual air conditioner service this season, take a second to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. 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 put up with, but there is a significant portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you check for those irritating leaks?
Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these particular 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 significantly impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual air conditioner service, make sure you fill these gaps to better insulate your home.
- Recessed lights usually have vents that open in to the attic, which leaves the door open for cool air loss. Make sure your lights come pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you replace or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of cool air get in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are normally the chief culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so.
- Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- View 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, make sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.
The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual air conditioner service dollars is very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list we’ve outlined, you can probably make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these pointers or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Ambient Air a call at 520-201-3871 or schedule an appointment online.