As you prep for your annual air conditioner service this season, take a moment to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal with, but there is a large portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, almost all 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 increase the perks 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 search for those irritating leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at 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 considerably impacting 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 usually have vents that open into the attic, which leaves the door open for cool air loss. Make sure your lights come pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually 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 enter into your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are typically the key culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so.
- Check to ensure 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 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 openings you uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, ensure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent airflow.
The host 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 list 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 an air conditioner service, give Temp Air System Inc. a call at (800) 630-0082 or schedule an appointment online.