Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your West Palm Beach Home10/21/2015As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a minute 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 battle with, but there is a significant portion of money going 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 year-round. Plus, it can help you increase the benefits of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you look for those irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these certain areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly impacting 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 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 take care of the issue 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 get in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are usually the chief 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. Look at 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 gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The number of ways you can get the most out of your annual air conditioner service dollars is very 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 pointers or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. a call at 561-656-4255 or schedule an appointment online.