As you prep for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a moment to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to put up with, but there is a large portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially preserve more cool air while helping to improve 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 could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors normally 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 usually 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 hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- Check 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, ensure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow.
The number of ways you can get the most out of your annual air conditioner service dollars is pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips we’ve outlined, you can possibly 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 A2Z Air Inc a call at 561-270-6228 or schedule an appointment online.