Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Paso Robles Home10/21/2015As 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 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 put up with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the benefits of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially preserve more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these certain areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably impacting 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 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the problem on unsealed lights. Attic access doors typically 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 key culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so. Check to make 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 host of ways you can get the most out of your annual air conditioner service dollars is very long, but if you take a little time to tackle the recommendations we’ve outlined, you can possibly 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 Paso Robles Heating and Air a call at 805-238-7553 or schedule an appointment online.