Places to Check for Leaking Air Prior to Air Conditioner Service in Your the Rio Grande Valley Home

October 21, 2015

As you get ready for your annual air conditioner service this year, take a moment to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. Then, think about the last time you’ve gone around and checked for leaky doors and windows. It’s something that practically all homes have to put up with, but there is a large portion of money going between the cracks, going out the window – literally.

However, the majority of the cracks and leaks can be easily sealed on your own, helping you save money year-round. Plus, it can help you boost the benefits 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 look for those annoying leaks?

The attic.

Attics are notorious 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 could be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and considerably impacting your energy efficiency as well. If you would like 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 pre-sealed or add an airtight baffle to handle the problem 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 typically the main 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.
  • Check 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 find.
  • If your home has a chimney, be sure any openings around the flue or chimney itself are properly covered with aluminum flashing to block 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 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 Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. a call at 956-630-3522 or schedule an appointment online.