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

As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service this season, take a moment to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that nearly all homes have to deal with, but there is a large portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally.

However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase the benefits of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially retain 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 view these particular areas while up in your attic:

  • Stud cavities around your home can be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly 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 normally 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 take care of the concern 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 get 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 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 openings 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 prevent air flow.

The variety 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 list 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 White Mechanical, Inc. a call at 949-716-8379 or schedule an appointment online.