Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Cape Coral Home10/21/2015As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a second to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a great portion of money slipping 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 boost the perks 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 pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious 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 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 cavities 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 handle the problem 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 enter in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are typically the main 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 gaps you find. 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 host 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 probably 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 Comfort Zone Inc a call at 239-574-2327 or schedule an appointment online.