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

As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service this season, take a moment to consider calculating 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 nearly all homes have to battle 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 all 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 boost energy efficiency and your comfort.

So where should you look for those pesky 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 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 usually 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 problem on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you swap out 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 normally the chief culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so.

  • Check to be 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 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 uncover.
  • If your home has a chimney, be sure 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 pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips we’ve outlined, you can potentially 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 Abilene Air-Tech Inc a call at 325-200-4667 or schedule an appointment online.

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