As you prep for your annual air conditioner service this year, 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 gone around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to put up with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping 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 increase the bonuses of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you look for those annoying leaks?
Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these certain 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 significantly 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 normally 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 change 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 usually the main 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.
- Check 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 openings you uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, ensure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.
The variety 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 tips we’ve outlined, you can possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these tips or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Custom Air Systems Inc a call at 772-247-2283 or schedule an appointment online.