Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Stuart 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 annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to battle with, but there is a great 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 year-round. Plus, it can help you increase the benefits of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially retain more cool air while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these particular 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 greatly 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 typically 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 normally 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 escape in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are normally 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 hasn’t been cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Look at 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 openings you notice. 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 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 recommendations or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Nisair Air Conditioning a call at 772-318-4252 or schedule an appointment online.