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Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Santee Home

As you prep for your annual air conditioner service this season, 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 walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way 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 boost the benefits of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially preserve more cool air while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort.

So where should you check for those annoying leaks?

The attic.

Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these particular areas while up in your attic:

  • Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly impacting 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 normally 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 concern on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you replace 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 ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Check 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, ensure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow.

The host 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 tips we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 Aireforce Heating & Air Inc a call at 619-448-2470 or schedule an appointment online.