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Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your West Palm Beach Home

As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service this season, take a minute to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally.

However, almost all of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money all year. Plus, it can help you boost the benefits 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 search for those annoying 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 could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you are wanting 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the concern on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors usually 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 typically the main culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so.

  • Check to be 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 holes you uncover.
  • If your home has a chimney, make sure any holes 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 Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc a call at 561-515-5527 or schedule an appointment online.