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Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Thousand Oaks Home

As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, 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 walked around and searched for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that almost all homes have to battle with, but there is a significant portion of money slipping between the cracks, going out the window – literally.

However, almost all 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 boost the bonuses 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 search for those annoying leaks?

The attic.

Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these specific areas while up in your attic:

  • Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily get out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and significantly impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual air conditioner service, make sure you fill these gaps to better insulate your home.
  • Recessed lights typically 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 handle the problem on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors normally 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 enter in to your attic.

All house openings.

Windows and doors are usually the main culprits for losing cool air, and rightfully so.

  • Check to ensure 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 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 gaps you uncover.
  • If your home has a chimney, ensure any gaps 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 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 Air Max HVAC Inc a call at 805-217-8662 or schedule an appointment online.