Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your Albuquerque Home10/21/2015As you prep 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 during the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve taken a walk around and looked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to battle with, but there is a significant portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally. However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily taken care of 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 preserve more cool air while helping to improve energy efficiency and your comfort. So where should you search for those pesky leaks? The attic. Attics are well-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 could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly diminishing 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 usually 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 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 enter in to your attic. All house openings. Windows and doors are typically 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 isn’t 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 gaps you find. If your home has a chimney, make sure any gaps around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block air flow. The host 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 probably 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 Desert Suns Heating & Cooling a call at 505-994-9176 or schedule an appointment online.