Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Upland Home10/21/2015As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service this season, take a second 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 deal with, but there is a significant portion of money going 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 increase the bonuses of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially preserve more cool air while helping to boost energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you check for those irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are 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 may 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 cavities 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 already sealed or add an airtight baffle to take care of the issue 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 normally the key culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so. Check to be sure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Look at 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 openings you notice. If your home has a chimney, be sure any holes around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to prevent air flow. The host 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 tips or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Klaus & Sons Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 909-982-5698 or schedule an appointment online.