Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your San Dimas Home10/21/2015As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a second to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost 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 handled on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you increase the bonuses 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 annoying leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you want 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 solve the issue 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 is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Check the border 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 gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The number 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 list 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 Energy Upgrades, Inc. a call at 626-478-2922 or schedule an appointment online.