As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a minute 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 searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to deal with, but there is a great portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled 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 retain more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you check for those irritating leaks?
Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these specific areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak 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 holes 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the issue on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors normally 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 enter in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are typically the key 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.
- Look at the perimeter 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 find.
- If your home has a chimney, make sure any openings 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 list we’ve outlined, you can potentially 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 Solar Air Inc. a call at 954-320-7398 or schedule an appointment online.