Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Pinellas County Home10/21/2015As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service this season, take a second to consider breaking down the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping 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 year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the bonuses 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 pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so view these particular areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly 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 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the issue 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 escape in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are normally the key culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so. Check to make sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t 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 uncover. If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The variety 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 list we’ve outlined, you can potentially 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 Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc a call at 727-398-5515 or schedule an appointment online.