Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your West Palm Beach Home10/21/2015As you prep for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a second 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 checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money going 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 maximize the bonuses of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially preserve more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you look for those irritating leaks? The attic. 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 may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get 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 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 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 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 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 gaps you uncover. If your home has a chimney, ensure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The host 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 recommendations we’ve outlined, you can probably make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Summit Air Conditioning Inc a call at 561-582-3390 or schedule an appointment online.