As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money going 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 all year. Plus, it can help you maximize the benefits of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially preserve more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you check for those pesky leaks?
Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these certain areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly affecting 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 typically 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 typically aren’t thought of when you change 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 usually 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 isn’t 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 openings 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 inhibit 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 recommendations we’ve outlined, you can possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Breathe Healthier Air a call at 772-600-7151 or schedule an appointment online.