Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your St. Cloud Home

October 21, 2015

As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a great portion of money finding its way 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 boost the perks 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 annoying 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 could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably diminishing 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 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 concern 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 get in to your attic.

All house openings.

Windows and doors are usually 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 is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • View 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 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 inhibit air flow.

The host 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 recommendations 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 Osceola Air, LLC a call at 407-477-6319 or schedule an appointment online.