Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Show Low Home10/21/2015As you prep for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a moment to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. 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 deal with, but there is a large portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you maximize the benefits of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly 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 normally 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 take care of the issue on unsealed lights. Attic access doors usually aren’t thought of when you replace 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 typically the key culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so. Check to ensure 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 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, be sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow. The variety 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 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 Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. a call at 928-537-1803 or schedule an appointment online.