As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a minute to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of 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 retain more cool air while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you check for those irritating leaks?
Attics are known 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 sneak 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 holes 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the issue 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 escape in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are usually the chief culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so.
- Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- Look at 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 uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, be sure any holes 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 recommendations we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 Air Houston Mechanical LLC a call at 832-777-1521 or schedule an appointment online.