As you prep for your annual air conditioner service this season, take a minute to consider breaking down 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 checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal with, but there is a great portion of money finding its way 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 all year. Plus, it can help you increase the benefits of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you look for those irritating leaks?
Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these specific 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 considerably 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 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 take care of the problem 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 chief culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so.
- Check to ensure 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 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 gaps you uncover.
- If your home has a chimney, make 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 awfully 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 I-Deal HVAC a call at 505-445-1250 or schedule an appointment online.