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

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As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a second to consider adding up the amount that you spend on heating and cooling annually. Then, think about the last time you’ve walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to deal with, but there is a great portion of money going 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 year-round. Plus, it can help you maximize the perks of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially preserve more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.

So where should you look for those pesky leaks?

The attic.

Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at 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 considerably 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 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the problem on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors normally 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 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 ensure the weatherstripping on all of your doors is in working order and is not cracked or torn. If it is, replace it.
  • View 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 uncover.
  • If your home has a chimney, make sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to inhibit air flow.

The variety 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 recommendations 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 Mighty Ducts a call at 714-464-3376 or schedule an appointment online.

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