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

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As you prepare for your annual air conditioner service over the next few months, take a minute to consider calculating the amount that you spend on heating and cooling throughout the year. 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 deal with, but there is a great portion of money slipping 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 throughout the year. Plus, it can help you increase the perks of your annual air conditioner service too, helping you potentially retain more cool air while helping to increase energy efficiency and your comfort.

So where should you check for those annoying leaks?

The attic.

Attics are well-known for allowing the most air out of your home, so look at these specific areas while up in your attic:

  • Stud cavities around your home may be open, or uninsulated, meaning air can easily leak out, leaving you with a less-than-comfortable home and greatly impacting 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 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 solve the concern on unsealed lights.
  • Attic access doors normally aren’t thought of when you replace 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 typically the chief 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 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 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 block air flow.

The number 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 recommendations or are just looking to set up air conditioner service, give Speedy Air Conditioning a call at 239-596-2645 or schedule an appointment online.

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