As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service this year, 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 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 perks 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 look for those irritating leaks?
Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so view 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 significantly diminishing 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 usually 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 handle the problem on unsealed lights.
- Attic access doors typically 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 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 make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- View the edge 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, make sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit 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 potentially 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 610-257-7035 or schedule an appointment online.