As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a second to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and looked 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, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize 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 search for those annoying leaks?
Attics are known 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 can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably diminishing 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 cavities to better insulate your home.
Recessed lights usually 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 take care of the issue 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 get in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are normally the key culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so.
Check to be sure 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 gaps you uncover.
If your home has a chimney, ensure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block 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 recommendations 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 Econo Air a call at (714) 695-6661 or schedule an appointment online.