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Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Port Saint Lucie Home

As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a second 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 almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money finding its way 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 throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase the perks of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially retain more cool air while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort.

So where should you check for those irritating leaks?

The attic.

Attics are well-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 could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly 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 holes 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 take care of 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 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 is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • View the border 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 holes you notice.
  • If your home has a chimney, make sure any openings 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 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 Custom Air Systems Inc a call at 772-335-3232 or schedule an appointment online.