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

October 21, 2015

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 gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to deal with, but there is a large portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.

However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you maximize the benefits of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially preserve more cool air while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.

So where should you check for those pesky leaks?

The attic.

Attics are notorious 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 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 cavities 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 solve the concern 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 key 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.
  • 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 holes you uncover.
  • If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings 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 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 tips or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Connolly Electric & Mechanical a call at 928-244-8840 or schedule an appointment online.