As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle 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 handled on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.
So where should you search for those pesky leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these certain 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 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 normally 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 solve the issue on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors usually 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 enter in to your attic.
All house openings.
Windows and doors are usually the main 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.
- View 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 notice.
- If your home has a chimney, make sure any gaps 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 pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the list 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 Heartland Heating & Cooling a call at 515-344-3579 or schedule an appointment online.