As you prep for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a minute to consider adding up 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 practically all homes have to put up with, but there is a significant portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally.
However, the majority 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 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 check for those annoying 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 leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you would like to get the most out of your annual air conditioner service, make sure you fill these gaps 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 solve the issue 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 usually the main culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so.
- Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
- Check 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 openings you notice.
- If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow.
The number 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 pointers or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Garoken Energy Co. Inc. a call at 503-374-1934 or schedule an appointment online.