As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a second to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly 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, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase the perks of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially retain more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you look for those annoying leaks?
Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these specific areas while up in your attic:
- Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you want 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle 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 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 make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t 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 gaps you uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block 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 Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 402-509-5940 or schedule an appointment online.