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

October 21, 2015

As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a moment to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to deal with, but there is a great portion of money slipping 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 throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase the perks of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially preserve more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.

So where should you look for those pesky leaks?

The attic.

Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check 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 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 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 handle the concern on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors typically 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 enter in to your attic.

All house openings.

Windows and doors are typically 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.
  • Check 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, make sure 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 tips we’ve outlined, you can probably 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 727-369-6195 or schedule an appointment online.