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

October 21, 2015

As you prep for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a moment to consider adding up 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 searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a significant 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 sealed on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort.

So where should you check for those annoying leaks?

The attic.

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

  • Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly affecting 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 holes 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 previously sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the concern 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 escape 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 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 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 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 recommendations we’ve outlined, you can probably make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc a call at 727-369-6195 or schedule an appointment online.