Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Sylmar Home10/21/2015As you prep 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 annually. 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 great portion of money finding its way between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, most of the cracks and leaks can be easily handled on your own, helping you save money throughout the year. Plus, it can help you boost the benefits 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 look for those irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are known for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these certain areas while up in your attic: Stud cavities around your home could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily sneak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly diminishing 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 normally 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 swap out 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 chief culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so. Check to make 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 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 gaps you find. If your home has a chimney, ensure 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 pretty 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 American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 818-370-7266 or schedule an appointment online.