As you prep 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 taken a walk around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to put up with, but there is a great portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks 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 notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these particular 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 greatly 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 gaps 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 handle the issue 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 get in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are typically the main 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.
- 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 notice.
- If your home has a chimney, make sure 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 tips 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 North Mechanical Heating and Cooling a call at 928-263-8570 or schedule an appointment online.