As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a moment to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to deal with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you search for those pesky leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these certain areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get 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 holes 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the issue on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually 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 escape 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 isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- View 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 holes you uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, be sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.
The host 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 Air Commander's Heating & Air Conditioning Co. a call at 863-216-2923 or schedule an appointment online.