As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a moment to consider adding up 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 almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you boost the benefits of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you look for those irritating leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these specific areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual air conditioner 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 cool air loss. Make sure your lights come already sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you swap out or install weatherstripping to other windows or doors around your house but can let quite a bit of cool air escape in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are typically the main culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so.
- Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- View 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 notice.
- If your home has a chimney, make sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow.
The host of ways you can get the most out of your annual air conditioner service dollars is awfully long, but if you take a little time to tackle the recommendations we’ve outlined, you can potentially make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give A2Z Air Inc a call at 561-270-6228 or schedule an appointment online.