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Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Winchester Home

As you prep for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a minute to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a large portion of money slipping 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 throughout the 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 improve energy efficiency and your comfort.

So where should you search for those irritating leaks?

The attic.

Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these specific areas while up in your attic:

  • Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly 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 cavities 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to solve the issue on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors usually 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 escape 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.
  • View 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 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 pretty 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 pointers or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Thornberry Bros Inc a call at 859-745-1564 or schedule an appointment online.