As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a second to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a large portion of money slipping 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 throughout the year. Plus, it can help you maximize the bonuses of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially retain more cool air while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you look for those pesky leaks?
Attics are well-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 get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly affecting 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 cavities 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the problem 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 ensure 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 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 block air flow.
The variety 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 list we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 A&M Heating & Cooling LLC a call at 520-200-1048 or schedule an appointment online.