Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Buellton Home10/21/2015As you prep for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a moment to consider adding up 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 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 all year. Plus, it can help you maximize the bonuses of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially hold on to more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those irritating leaks? The attic. Attics are notorious for allowing the most air out of your home, so check these particular 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 considerably affecting your energy efficiency as well. If you want to get the most out of your annual air conditioner service, make sure you fill these cavities 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 handle 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 enter in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are usually 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 isn’t cracked or torn. If it is, replace it. Check the edge 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 openings 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 awfully long, but if you take a little time to tackle the recommendations we’ve outlined, you can possibly make your home more efficient and more comfortable. If you have any questions about these recommendations or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 805-688-4018 or schedule an appointment online.