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

As you prep for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a moment to consider breaking down 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 practically all homes have to put up with, but there is a great 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 throughout the year. Plus, it can help you boost the bonuses 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 look for those annoying 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 get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly diminishing your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual air conditioner service, make sure you fill these holes 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 already sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the problem on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors typically aren’t thought of when you replace 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 usually 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 is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • Check 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 gaps you notice.
  • If your home has a chimney, ensure any openings 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 pretty long, but if you take a little time to tackle the tips 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 Cool Air Solutions a call at 951-676-2665 or schedule an appointment online.