Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Safford Home10/21/2015As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a second to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to put up with, but there is a significant portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, almost all 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 perks of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially retain more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these certain areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably 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 gaps 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 pre-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 get in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are normally the chief culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so. Check to ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. View 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 holes 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 number 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 list we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 B&D Air Conditioning a call at 928-432-6018 or schedule an appointment online.